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THE WIGHTS 






A Record of Thomas Wight of Dedham and Medfield 
and of his Descendants 1635-1890 



BY 



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ONE OF THE DESCENDANTS 



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CONTENTS 



v Page. 

Dedication iii 

Prefatory Letter vii 

Chapter I. — First Generation (1) 1 

Chapter II. — Second Generation (2-7) 7 

Chapter III.— Third Generation (8-45) 11 

Chapter IV.— Fourth Generation (46-111) 25 

Chapter V.— Fifth Generation (112-238) 42 

Chapter VI.— Sixth Generation (239-525) 74 

Chapter VII.— Seventh Generation (526-1265) 138 

.Chapter VIII.— Eighth Generation (1266-2341) 228 

Chapter IX.— Ninth Generation (2342-2921 295 

Chapter X.— Tenth Generation (2922-3019) 309 

Chapter XI. — American Wights not connected, or unconnectibie, with Thomas 1 Wight... 310 

Chapter XII.— An essay at the English ancestry of Thomas 1 Wight 316 

ChapterXIII. — Wights of Great Britain not otherwise mentioned 319 

Chapter XIV. — Additions and Corrections 321 

indexes- 
index I. — Of Christian Names 328 

Index II. — Of Intermarriages 335 

Index III. — Of Pedigrees of Intermarrying Families 345 

Index IV.— Of Places 346 

List of Authorities : 354 



PREFATORY LETTER 



To my Kinsfolk after the Flesh: 

With varying degrees of activity, I have been engaged since 1869 upon the 
work which follows. The labour that year undertaken has just become of full 
age. To say a few words to you concerning it seems meet. This volume is 
principally a record of the life of Thomas Wight of Dedham and Medfield, and 
of his descendants to the present time. This record occupies the first ten chap- 
ters — a chapter for each generation. Chapter XI. is devoted to the Wights in 
America who are not as yet connected with Thomas Wight, or who are known 
to be of alien lineage. Chapter XII. considers those Wights in England who are 
now presumed by me to be the ancestors of said Thomas Wight. Chapter XIII. 
is concerned with fugitive Wights in Great Britain. Chapter XIV. contains the 
errors and the data which have been discovered or the events which have hap- 
pened since the printing advanced too far to incorporate them in their proper 
places. The indexes and the list of authorities follow. 

As to some of these matters more in detail: 

The Indexes. 
These are four in number. 

I. — .Index of Christian names of persons surnamed Wight; 

II. — Index of names of persons who have intermarried with descendants of 

Thomas Wight aforesaid, whether of his surname or not; 
III. — Index of brief pedigrees of some of the intermarrying families; 
IV. — Index of places of residence mentioned in the various chapters. 

Please note particularly that the references in these indexes are never to 
pages but to the full-faced numbers on the left side of the pages, which corres- 
pond with the numbers running consecutively through the book under the head- 
ing Children. Additional explanations of the indexes immediately precede them. 

List of Authorities. 

The list of authorities personally consulted in the preparation of this vol- 
ume closes it. Whatever is herein stated on other than manuscript warrant, I 
have endeavored to authenticate by a cited volume and page. In the text the 
citation is abbreviated, but in. the list the titles of the books together with the 
imprints are presented at such length as clearly to indicate the edition used. 
Register always means New England Historic Genealogical Register. 

Plan of the Book. 

A sharp distinction is made, in the method of treatment, between sons and 
daughters. The offspring of the latter are called Descendants and are treated to 
the most recent generation under the name of that daughter who first changed 



viii Prefatory Letter. 



her name from Wight. Under her name all her descendants whom I mention at 
all, are gathered and finally disposed of. See for instance 974 where is 
recorded the history of Margaret Wight, who became Lynde by marriage. Under 
the title Descendants are clustered not only her children, but her grandchildren 
and great-grandchildren. 

In the case of sons of Wights however, the treatment is different. Their 
children only are grouped at the termination of their fathers' records under the 
heading Children. Each child of sons is supplied with a number in heavy type 
—being the same number which is repeated in the succeeding chapter, where 
the sons' children are each considered in extenso. If, however, any of these 
children died young or unmarried, or if their history is unknown, or if, as in the 
case of persons now infants, they have no history to record, the fact is indicated 
after the birth date by some appropriate phrase, and as to such persons, the rec- 
ord is finally closed with the line giving their birth. Gaps in the orderly con- 
secution of numbers are caused by this dropping out of persons about whom 
there is no chronicling beyond the birthit em and the brief statement accompa- 
nying it. Therefore, after obtaining from Index I., the number of some Wight, 
if you do not find this number in the proper order among the full-faced side-figures, 
you must then look back to the preceding chapter under the heading Children, 
where you will find that brief reference to the person sought which prevented 
the necessity of longer recital. 

Having found, however, a Wight with a history, there are several matters 
to be noted: Observe the small superior figures after Christian names. These 
figures indicate the number of generations which the several persons are removed 
from Thomas Wight, our first New England ancestor, who is always Thomas 1 
Wight. These figures are used only with the names of the descendants of 
Thomas 1 Wight. Observe also in parentheses the italic Christian names, with 
superior figures, at the beginning of each record. These names show the regu- 
lar line of ancestry of the person whose name they follow, through father, grand- 
father and remoter ancestors, back to the original Thomas 1 Wight. 

Notes, instead of being placed at the foot of pages, are arranged after the 
families which they principally concern. These notes frequently relate to the 
pedigrees of intermarrying families. Where several related persons intermarry 
with Wights, grouping and cross-referencing permit a compact and clear state- 
ment in a single note. See for instance the Fairbanks (36) and Adams (189) 
notes. Two dates connected by a dash, whether in parenthesis or not, indicate 
the period of birth and death of the person whose name they follow. 

The plan which, however, is by no means original, might well be illustrated 
for the benefit of those whose minds have not been turned to genealogical mat- 
ters. Let us suppose you wish to examine this book for the history of a 
Nathaniel Wight, who lived in Wrentham, Mass., and married Ruth Hawes. 
Three Indexes (I., II., IV.) are accessible for clues. Looking at Index I. under 
Nathaniel, you find not less than ten persons of that given name. Disliking the 
task of examining each reference, you turn to Wrentham in Index IV., and find 
over forty recurrences of that place of residence. Now consulting Index II. 
(the most likely one in every case where the marriage is known) you find under 



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Hawes, Ruth, the figure 48, indicating that the marriage of Ruth Hawes is given 
at 48- Turning to 48 (P a § e 2 &) vou discover what is known of Nathaniel 
Wight, of Wrentham. The superior figure 4 indicates that he is of the fourth 
generation from Thomas 1 Wight and the parenthetical characters (Joseph*, Henry 2 ', 
Thomas 1 ) are the chain of his ancestors. Glancing at his children you observe 
they were six in number, running from 114 through 119- Three of these, 
Benoni 114, Mary 115, and James 117, are furnished with a birth date, and 
nothing more. Consequently in the next chapter (the fifth) on page 42, the his- 
tories of these three persons are given. The other three of Nathaniel's children 
are finally disposed of under their father Nathaniel; of Ruth 116, and of Debo- 
rah 119, nothing is known, and of Sarah 118, her death unmarried is given 
after her birth. All of these six children are therefore noted in these various 
ways. — If you desire to examine Nathaniel's ancestors more carefully, fix first in 
your mind his number, 48, and look back in the preceding chapter (chapter III.) 
to where 48 occurs in consecutive order under Children — you find it on page 11. 
There you note that Nathaniel was the son of Joseph 3 Wight, whose number is 
9- In like manner this Joseph's father is discovered. 

Again, you are looking for Katherine Brattle Wheelock, who married 
Edward Doubleday Harris, of New York. Index I. is not available because 
confined only to Christian names of Thomas 1 Wight's descendants of the sur- 
name Wight; Index IV. is practically unavailable because there are so many ref- 
erences to New York. Index II under Harris, Edward Doubleday, gives the 
number 83- Turning to that number (page 36) you find Katherine Brattle 
Wheelock is of the seventh generation from Thomas 1 Wight, you find from the 
indenting of her name that she is the daughter of Hiram 6 Wheelock, and from 
the indenting of his name that he was the son of Eli 5 Wheelock. He with ten 
others were children of Martha* Wight (83) who married Jonathan Wheelock. 
Martha having lost the name Wight, her descendants as far as chronicled at all, 
are chronicled in this one place. Martha 4 Wight's ancestors are given in paren- 
theses (Joseph' 6 , Samuel 2 , Tho?)ias 1 ), and are examined just as Nathaniel's were, 
above. 

I will be glad to give individual assistance by letter to any to whom my 
explanations are not clear. 

Errors and Additions. 

Chapter XIV. is occupied with these matters. Always consult Chapter XIV. 
for possible bearing upon any number in the body of the book. As to the errors, 
I must say of them as the sacred Volume says of offences (Luke xvii. 1): "It is 
impossible but that offences will come." I have corrected the proof almost 
entirely alone and subject to many interruptions — a partial excuse for the errata 
for which I am responsible. For most of the remaining inaccuracies I must 
blame the carelessness, poor memory, or ill chirography of many a correspond- 
ent. I have endeavored by means of Chapter XIV., the Indexes and the notes, 
to neutralize the noxiousness of the mistakes, and I dare assert that as a whole 
this book is reliable. 

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Unconnected Wights. 

Some of the Wights in Chapter XI. are descendants — parentage as yet undis- 
covered — of Thomas 1 Wight; some are Wights of a later emigrating wave; 
some, extracted mostly from books, are Wights only by the grace of a printer's 
blunder. 

The British Wights. 

I have but glanced at the subject of Thomas Wight's ancestors and at the 
English Wights in general. The origin of the name, its connection with the 
Isle of Wight, the relation of the various British families to each other, and the 
biographies of each — all these subjects are here but little, if at all, considered. 
I have picked up a few Wight pebbles on the Albion shores — the great Wight 
sea is yet unexplored. 

I must not omit a word concerning Thomas 1 Wight of Dedham and Med- 
field. There have been some of you who have disparaged his intelligence 
because his mark (not his name) authenticates his will (page 4). As to this 
something must be said: 

1. If Thomas 1 Wight could not write he had many companions among the 
early New England fathers. The average Englishmen studied arms not letters 
in the days of the Armada; they paid less attention to intellectual pursuits under 
Elizabeth and the first James in old England, than under the latter' s ill-starred 
successor in the wilds of New England. If our Thomas 1 Wight was not 
educated, we know to his everlasting renown that he voted to tax himself for the 
first free school established in Massachusetts, and that he, all his surviving sons 
and his son-in-law subscribed of their poverty to the building of Harvard Col- 
lege. 

2. But it does not follow that Thomas 1 Wight could not write because he 
did not sign his will. The early settlers had not the aversion to marks which 
characterizes this era ; indeed I have the impression that marks were better form 
than names to solemn instruments like deeds and wills, even though the signer 
were in good health and knew how to write; or, if this were not so, that whether 
a name be actually signed or a mark made, depended much upon caprice. 

3. But there is some evidence on this point. Forty-four citizens of Med- 
field signed a petition in 1664 against a change of government. The original 
petition which was copied into the New England Historic Genealogical Register, 
XIII., 346, was owned in 1859 by Mr. Charles H. Morse of Cambridgeport, Mass., 
who stated in the Register that the original "is signed with the own hands of 
the signers. " Thomas Wight is the fourth of these signers. Again Thomas 
Wight was one of the committee of Dedham citizens to manage the affairs of 
Medfield until that town should be fully incorporated. As such committee man 
his name is certainly not signed by mark. His name is, however, signed by 
mark to the several estates which he inventoried, mentioned in page 3 of this 
volume. To these should be added the Medfield estate of Joseph Morse of 
Dorchester. {Register VIII., 277). We have evidence, therefore, that he did 
sign his name to documents still in existence. 



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4. But there is some opportunity for inference. It will be seen that 
Thomas Wight was selectman for twenty-five years, that he was repeatedly 
called to do important services where penmanship was required; he was collector 
of funds ; he was a deacon of the Medfield church ; he was the wealthiest citi- 
zen of Medfield ; he married a sister of the Apostle Eliot. I am forced to 
believe that a man of this standing in his community had the foundation of intel- 
lectual capacity and an average education. 

Where so many have aided me in collecting material for this work and in 
forwarding its publication, it seems very difficult to particularize. Yet there 
are a few to whom I am under especial obligations. These are Gertrude 
Abbey 9 Wight (2694), of Toledo, Ohio; Henry Kirke 8 Wight (1794), of Indian 
Orchard, Mass; Joseph Franklin 8 Wight (1629), of Wellesley, Mass.; Nancy 
Maria 8 Wight (1831), of Detroit, Mich.; Esther Sewell 7 Fellows (1053), of 
Lawrence, Mass.; Rev. Daniel 7 Wight (1234), of Natick, Mass.; Mary Morse, 
of Medfield, Mass.; Charles Frederick 9 Farlow (299), of Boston; Mary Hew- 
son 7 Rowland (427), of Chicago, whose pens have always been at my disposal 
for any service. Delicate attentions savoring of money have flowed hither from 
Sarah Wight 7 Wheelock (410), of Battle Creek, Mich.; George Alden 7 Wight 
(988), of Cairo,. Geo.; Lewis 8 Wight (1626), of Brookline, Mass. and Joseph 
Franklin 8 Wight (1629), of Wellesley, Mass. In addition, I cannot forget the 
kindness of Theresa Hubbell West, of the Milwaukee Public Library, and the 
'ong-suffering endurance of Daniel S. Durrie, of the State Historical Society, 
Madison, Wis. Of these, all survive but Esther Sewell 7 Fellows (1053), whose 
mtimely death, ere she could see the completion of the work to which she so 
)ersistently and intelligently contributed, I shall never cease to deplore. 

As my pen approaches its weary close, I am reminded of these words of 
Baron Glenbervie (preface to Douglas' Reports): 

The nature of this undertaking precludes that sort of ambition by which authors are so often animated; and 
my utmost aim will be attained, if I shall be found to have merited in any degree, the humble praise of useful 
accuracy: Ubiingenio non erat locus, curae testimonium promeruisse contentus. 

And yet with even this result, I should not be entirely content. I shall hope 
in addition to stimulate in all your hearts a love for the ties of kindred and for 
the memory of worthy ancestors. In this age of intense activities, of hard prac- 
ticality, it pleases me to tender you a volume which will not kindle thoughts of 
business pursuits, which belongs to the quiet of the evening hour. To interest 
your leisure moments, to awaken memories of your dear ones gone from your 
sight during childhood days, to arouse your curiosity concerning the remote 
authors of your existence, to inspire you to keen study of the character and 
habits of the founders of this republic as represented in your own ancestry — 
such results to accomplish is the wish and hope of your kinsman, 



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THE WIGHTS. 



CHAPTER I. 

FIRST GENERATION— THOMAS WIGHT. 

1. I know nothing of Thomas Wight's arrival in New England, or his history there pre- 
vious to the winter of 1635-6, at which time he seems to have been in Watertown. Over 
a year later he appears tangibly in Dedhara. "The 18th of ye 5th month, comonly called 
July 1637 " Thomas Wight with eleven other persons, having been duly certified by the mag- 
istrates, and having subscribed unto the covenant, was admitted an inhabitant of Dedham. 
At this time his family consisted of his wife Alice or Elsie, and his children Henry, John, 
Thomas, and, doubtless, Mary. In the distribution of lands for homesteads, Thomas Wight 
received from the town the portion, twelve acres, allotted to each married man. The bound- 
aries of this early grant to our ancestor, are given in the Town Records as follows: 

"Thomas Wight twelve Acres more or lesse made up good by an enlargemt rune in amongst ye Rockes & 
for woode and timbr as it lyeth ye one side by the. highwaye leading into the Rockes for ye most pte & JohnLuson 
from that waye upon a lyne Southwest unto ye brooke that compasseth said Wight and soe by that Brooke as . 
that side lyeth next John Luson towards the North. And the other side lyeth by Anthony ffisher throughout wth 
ac'rteyne p'cell of grounde for a Situacon of a house a yeard Roome & easemt of water by the Brooke within the 
said Antho. fflshers lyne as by the marks and dooles app'eth. The one head abbutteth upon the waest towards 
the East and the other upon John Lusons Rockes towards ye west, the high waye leading towards the Ragged 
playne run'g through the same." 

The highway at that time passed over the hill to the southeast of where it now runs and 
adjoining the residence of Thomas Wight. The outline of this grant will ever be easily 
traced ty the Rockes and Brooke. In addition to the home lot, is a number of subsequent 
grants of " planting ground," woodland and meadow. His tillage land besides the home lot, 
consisted of 15 acres on the east side of the present public road, extending from the cross 
road bounding his home lot nearly to the great common. (Wight's Wight Family, 9, 10.) The 
history of this home lot I shall advert to in another place, p. 5. 

The life, then, which our ancestor had abandoned in England, he begins anew in quiet 
and seclusion in the New England wilds. Far from the excitement of the contests between 
Charles I. and his embittered subjects, the career of Thomas Wight was, as I believe, most 
congenial and adapted to his character. He and his wife were received into the church " ye 
6th of ye 7 mo. 1640." On October 8, 1640, he became a freeman (Register, III, 188). For six 
years, beginning in 1641, he was a selectman of Dedham (Mann's Annals, 79). His name 
frequently occurs in the early records. He took an active part in the concerns of the town 
and was repeatedly selected for the performance of various public services (Wight's Wight 
Family, 11). The earliest mention of his name in the Record of Births, Marriages and 
Deaths, occurs in 1639, in the following style: " Samuell, the Son of Thomas & Alice Wight, 
was borne the 5 of the 12 mo." (Hill's Records of Dedham, I., 1; Register, IV, 360). Thomas 
Wight's name appears fourth on a list of Dedham inhabitants who (first of 11th month 1644), 
" taking into consideration the great necesitie of providing some meanes for the Education of 
the youth in ye sd Towhe, did with an unanimous consent, declare by voate, their willing- 
nes to promote that worke, promising to put too their hands, to provide maintenance for a 
free school in our sd Towne." Resolutions follow to raise £20 per annum, and put it with 
certain set apart lands in the hands of feofees to be improved for the school. This was the 
first free school in Massachusetts supported by a tax. (Register, XXII, 165). The last 
recorded instance of his labors for the common weal in Dedham is in 1650, when he, with 
others, was deputed by the town to attend to the erection of a village for the Indians at 
Natick. Other instances of his and of his descendants' regard for the aborigines will be 
noticed in their proper sequence. After 1650 his name does not again appear in connec- 
tion with Dedham affairs except on the lists made out from time to time of the division of 
lands among the original proprietors, and on the lists of persons assessed for the payment of 
the public charges. (Wight's Wight Family, 11.) 

As early as 1649 he became interested in the movement for dividing Dedham, which 
resulted in the formation of Medfield. Under date of November 14, 1649, the following 
minute appears in the Dedham Records: "Chosen by the inhabitants assembled for the 
managing and transaction of whatever is or may be needed for the further performing of 
the erecting, disposing, and government of the said village, the men whose names are here- 
under written, who are fully authorized thereunto until there be such a company of men 
engaged in that plantation and associated together as the town of Dedham shall judge meet 
for that work and trust. Ralph Wheelock, Thomas Wight, Robert Hinsdell, Henry Chicker- 
ing, John Dwight, Peter Woodward, Eleazar Lusher." (Tilden's Medfield, 36.) The agree- 



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ment entered into by all who desired to be accepted as inhabitants of the village, is signed 
by Thomas Wight and his son John. On May 10, 1650, Thomas Wight was chosen the first 
of a committee of five — Thomas Wight, Robert Hinsdell, Timothy Dwight, Samuel Bulleyn 
and John Frairy— to assist and direct the measurer in laying out house lots in Medfield, 
and inasmuch as every grantee of house lots was directed to pay to the collector of the town 
one shilling for every acre in payment of the charges that concerned the town, Thomas Wight 
was chosen such collector. At the same meeting (May 10, 1650), Thomas Wight was named 
to represent Medfield, to assist and advise in laying out the farm to the heirs of Mr. Edward 
Alleyne, who had died in 1642. At the same meeting Thomas Wight, Robert Hinsdell and 
Samuel Bullen, were chosen to be present at the laying of the line betwixt Dedham and 
Medfield. At the same meeting Thomas Wight, Peter Woodward, John Dwight, Timothy 
Dwight, Samuel Bullen and Eleazar Lusher were chosen a committee on laying out high- 
ways. (Tilden's Medfield, 37-42.) On June 19, 1650, the committee proceeded to lay out 
thirteen house lots, no portion being more than 12 acres, the chairman of the committee 
mentioning his own and his son's portion last, as follows: 

12. — To Thomas Wight, twelve acres, touching upon Robert Hinsdale at one angle, other- 
wise upon waste land. 

This was on what is now Green Street, a little way from North Street, Medfield. 

13. — To John Wight, six acres, abutting on Thomas Wight on the southwest, all else on 
waste land. 

" Wight's Lane " led from North Street to those lots. (Tilden's Medfield, 45.) 

All this action for the management of town affairs in Medfield was taken in Dedham. 
On the first of the eleventh month, 1650 (January 11, 1651, N. S.), Dedham surrendered ju- 
risdiction of Medfield. The date of the removal of Thomas Wight from Dedham to Med- 
field is not known. Whenever he removed he took with him his entire family, except his 
eldest son Henry. His family consisted of his wife and the following children*: Henry, 
John, Thomas, Mary, Samuel and Ephraim. From the valuation of the town of Medfield 
in 1652, it would appear that Thomas Wight was then the wealthiest citizen of the new town. 
His valuation was £322 and his son John, £88. Thomas Wight had in 1653 a grant "to be 
laid oute on the North plains, to begine at that end toward natick." There were also later 
grants to him as well as to other citizens. In 1654 Thomas Wight became selectman of Med- 
field, and served during the following years, 1654, '55. '58, '59, '60, '61, '62, '63, '64, '65, '66, 
'67, '68, '69, '70, '71, '72, '73, '74— the last being the year of his death. (Tilden's Medfield, 56, 
metseq.) 

References to our progenitor in the Medfield records show various duties which he was 
called upon to perform. In 1654 "Brother wight and brother barber are requested and 
Deputed to pro Cure slepers & planks for the metting House ether by procuring planks 
sawen or to purchase them for the town." (Tilden's Medfield, 62.) The next year the town 
settled with Brother Wight for procuring glass for the meeting house. On February 6, 
1660, George Fairbanks received a grant of "such timber for fencing as shall make three 
hundred rails, with posts for it, as shall be set out by brother Wight, and John Medcalf 
shall appoint him with what he has already fallen to make up three hundred rails." 
(Jameson's Medway, 26.) In 1660 John Thurston had become the wealthiest citizen, valua- 
tion £281; Thomas Wight stood second with a valuation of £266. In 1661 it became his duty 
to assist in seating people in the meeting house. 

In 1664, 8th month, 19th day, Thomas Wight's name was third signed with his sons Sam- 
uel and Thomas, and his son-in-law, Thomas Ellis, and 41 other inhabitants of Medfield to 
a memorial to the general court of the colony, stating that representations had been made to 
the king that there were divisions and dissatisfaction about the present government 
of the colony. The signers testify their unanimous satisfaction in adhering to the present 
government and " earnest desire for the continuance thereof and of all the liberties per- 
taining thereto, which are contained in the charter granted by King James and King Charles 
the first of famous memorie, under the encouragement and security of which charter we, or 
our fathers, ventured over the ocean into this wilderness through great hazards, charges and 
difficulties." They ask the Court to petition for a continuance of the present establishment, 
and that they may not be subjected to the arbitrary power of any who are not chosen by the 
people according to their patent. " So earnestly begging ye sweete presence and blessing 
of God on all your faithfule Endeauors Wee shall rest full obedience to support the present 
Government with our Persons and estates." This petition is in full in the Register XIII., 346, 
where it is stated that the original is signed with the own hands of the signers. 

In 1667 Thomas Wight is mentioned as a deacon in the Medfield church. 

In 1670 the selectmen paid Thomas Wight " for hemp and bell rope making," Is. Qd. 

On January 25, 1672, Thomas Wight was chairman of a committee, " To treat and con- 
clud with John of Boggastow, we mene John a Wasameg of Natick for the interest and right 
he claims in the Lands within our Towne Bownes on the west side of Charlies River " — 
what was later Medway. (Jameson's Medway, 17.) The business was promptly attended to, 
and under date of March 1, 1672, the record says: "This day the rate for the Endians pay 
was Drawen up it being 21£ 7s." Thomas Wight seems to have taken much interest in the 
future Medway. In 1659 he and his son Thomas had received grants of lots on the west side 
of Charles River, the former of 15 acres and the latter of 6 acres. This was in the Old Grant; 
in 1660 the New Grant immediately to the west was divided by lot among the Medfield pro- 



Thomas Wight. 



prietors. In this division Thomas Wight received 166 acres, the largest except two, of 47 
proprietors. I find no specific reference to these tracts in Thomas Wight's will, but all his 
children (except Henry 2 ) and several of his grandchildren held land west of the Charles, 
for which see their names. No Wights lived there until Nathaniel 3 Wight (41) moved about 
1713 to Medway. 

We find our ancestor useful in other ways. The inventory of the estate of Samuel Morse 
of Medfield was taken by Thomas Wight, George Barber and Ealph Wheelock, 10:5: 1654 
(Register, IX, 141); of Abraham Harding, by Thomas Weight, Robert Hensdell and Ealph 
Wheelocke, 6:2: 1655 (Register. IX, 35); of Henery Glover by Thomas Wight, Robert Hensdell 
and Ralph Wheelocke, 21:5: 1655 (Register, IX, 135) ; and of John Fisher of Medfield, by Capt. 
George Barber, William Avery, Peter Woodward, Thomas Wight and Henry Adams, 9:5: 
1668. (Register, XIX, 36.) 

Thomas Wight and all his surviving sons in Medfield and his son-in-law subscribed for 
building the new brick college at Cambridge, now known as Harvard University. (Tilden's 
Medfield, 76; Register, X, 49). Thomas Wight's name occurs immediately after Mr. John/Wil- 
son's and Mr. Ralph Wheelock's: 

Thomas Wight, Sr, 4 bushelles of Endian corne of which he have payd 3 s in money. 

Ephraim Wight 2 bushelles of Endian corne. 

Samuell Wight 1 bushell of Endian corne. 

Thomas Wight, Jr, 1 bushell of Endian corne. 

Thomas Elice, 1 bushell Endian corne and a half. See also 4, 6, 7. 

Thomas Wight died in Medfield March 17, 1673-4. 

Of his first wife I know but very little. The Dedham records state that Alice, wife of 
Thomas Wight, was received into the church the 6th day of the 7th month of 1640. The 
Medfield records give her death July 15, 1665. It is with sincere regret that I am compelled 
to leave our great mother so meagrely chronicled. On December 7, 1665, Thomas Wight mar- 
ried for his second wife Lydia, widow of James Penniman of Boston, and sister of John 
Eliot the apostle to the Indians. See a reference to her in Thomas Wight's will. Lydia 
Eliot was, probably, baptized at Nasing, Eng., July 1, 1610, her father being Bennett Eliot, 
(Register, XXVIII, 145). She is the Lydia Eliot mentioned by Mr. Wm. H. Whitmore in 
the Heraldic Journal, Oct. 1868, p. 190, he being then in doubt whether she had crossed the 
ocean. I have not the date of her marriage to James Penniman, but of her nine children 
the eldest was baptized March 26, 1633; the youngest was born September 29, 1653. Her first 
husband died December 26, 1664. {Register, XXXVII, 168.) Lydia Wight's will was made 
December 2, 1673, and was probated July 27, 1676 — the latter act approximating the date of 
her death. In this instrument she mentions her former husband James Penniman, and 
speaks of her second husband as then living. She appoints her son Samuel Penniman execu- 
tor, and her "loving cousin" Jacob Eliot and Theophilus Frary overseers. Inventory £109: 
13:04. Children mentioned: Samuel Penniman, Lydia Adams, Sarah Robinson, BethiaAllin, 
Hanna Hall, Abigail Corie, Mary Penniman. As to the Penniman family, see Bates' Brain- 
tree Records. The signature to Lydia Wight's will: 



/^Jfa anjtit. 



This is not the Lydia Eliot concerning whom Rev. Samuel Danforth, colleague of the 
Apostle, wrote as follows on page 252 of Roxbury church records: "Anno 1655, 26d, 6m, 
Lydia Eliot being convict of theft & lying & pride, all wch became famous & notorious, she 
was cast out of ye Church. Her theift was ye taking away of lace from one shop in Boston, 
& neer ye space of a year after, stealing away a Tiffany Hood out of another shop, and being 
charged wth these things by ye Owners, she denyed yin agn & againe, but afterwd was 
found out & made restitution (she stole also a skaine of yarn of halfe a pound, wch was found 
out after her excommunication). 2d 9m 1656, Lydia Eliot upon her humiliation was received 
againe & ye Church confirmed their love to her." Ellsworth Eliot, M. D., of New York, to 
whom I am indebted for several favors, conjectures that this Lydia may have been the 
daughter of Philip, the brother of the Apostle, or possibly a servant of one of the brothers 
who assumed the surname of her employer. 

CHILDREN OF THOMAS WIGHT. 

3.— 1. Henry, born 

3 2. John, born 

4. — 3. Thomas, born 

5. 4. Mary, born 

6 5. Samuel, born in Dedham, February 5, 1639. 

7 — 6. Ephraim, born in Dedham, January 27, 1645. 

WILL OF THOMAS WIGHT. 

In the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred seventy-two, the seventh day of the twelfth month, I, 
Thomas Wight, Senior, of Medfield, in the county of Suffolk, in New England, being by the good hand of God in 
some comfortable measure of health at the present, and sound in my memory and understanding, yet being 
grown in age and accompanied with the infirmities incident thereunto, and thereby frequently put in mind of 
my mortality, do, therefore, in the name and fear of God (in preparation to my expected change), make and 
ordain this my last will and testament for the disposing and settling the things of this life wherewith it hath 
pleased God to intrust me, in manner and form as followeth : — Wherein, I first give and commit my soul into the 



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hands of Jesus Christ, my dear Redeemer, and my body to the earth whence it was taken, to be after my 
decease christianly buried at the discretion of my executors. 

Imprimis — Whereas Lydia, my present dear and well beloved wife, did before my marriage with her make 
an agreement with me in all respects concerning her supply from me in case of my departure out of this natural 
life before herself, which agreement, under my hand and seal, is yet remaining in the keeping of Mr. John 
Eliot, Pastor of the Church of Christ, in Roxbury, her brother. 

Item — I do hereby fully settle and confirm unto and upon my son, Henry Wight, of Dedham, my eldest 
son, all those my houses and hinds lying and being in Dedham, formerly contracted for, with all the rights and 
privileges thereunto belonging, and further I give unto the said Henry, my son, my two bigest books. 

Item — I give and bequeath unto my son, Thomas Wight, the one half of that parceil of wood land which I 
formerly bought of Major Lusher, lying in Dedham bounds, and four acres of my swamp lying by William 
Cheney's, on the side next the said Y\ illiam Cheney and of the swamp at the end of Month Street lotts, three 
acres adjoining to his own swamp, and the one half of all wearing clothes, both linen and wollen, boots, 
shoes and hats. 

Item — I will and bequeath unto my son, Samuel Wight, and to his heirs forever, all that parceil of meadow 
which 1 formerly bought of John Warfield of Mediield, and all that parceil of land granted me by the town of 
Medfleld, lying and adjoining to the paTcell last above mentioned, and also one other parceil of coarse meadow 
lying in the swamp called Maple swamp, as also one-half of all my wearing clothes, both linen and wollen, 
boots, shoes and hats. 

Item— I will and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Ellis, the wife of Thomas Ellis, and her heirs forever, 
that my bed, bedstead, and all the furniture thereunto belonging, fitted in all respects for use, as it now standeth 
in the parlor chamber in my dwelling house, as also one half of all such brass, pewter and iron pots as I shall 
reave at the time of my decease. 

' Item — I will and bequeath unto my son, Ephraim Wight, and his heirs forever, all that my dwelling house, 
barn aud outhouses belonging to the same, with all that my house lot whereupon they stand and are situated, 
and all other the appurtenances and accommodations to that my house and lot, as well already laid out as to 
be laid out whatsoever, both meadow, upland and swamp not formerly given and bequeathed, with all town 
rights and priviledges any way belonging or any way appertaining to the same or any part thereof; as also the 
one half of all that tract of woodland which I formerly bought of Major Lusher, of Dedham, lying in Dedham 
bounds ; as also twelve acres of land which I formerly bought of John Ellis ; as also four acres of meadow- 
land lying on the mill brook ; as also all that my parceil of land lying in Dedham bounds, comonly known by 
the name of the round plain, the ten acres formerly given to my son, Thomas Wight, excepts. 

Item — I will and bequeath unto my grandchild, Juda Ellis, the daughter of my daughter, Mary Ellis, five 
pounds, to be paid to my executors in good and current country pay, within six months after my decease; 
and as for the residue of iny estate, bills, bonds, debts, cattle, household stuff and moveables of what kind or 
sort soever, not formerly given and bequeathed (my just debts being paid and my funeral expenses discharged) 
are hereby willed and bequeathed unto my son, Ephraim Wight. 

Item—1 do hereby nominate, appoint, ordain and constitute my wellbeloved son, Henry Wight of Dedham, 
and my son, Ephraim Wight, of Medfleld, to be my executors to this my last will and testament, to whom. I give 
aud commit full power arid trust for the full execution and performance of this my last will and testament, in 
all respects as is above mentioned ; and in witness that this is my last will and testament contained in this sheet 
of paper, I do hereby renounce all other wills and bequeathments by me at any time formerly made, and have 
hereunto put my hand and seal, the date and year above written. his mark 

Signed, sealed and published THOMAS t WIGHT, and a seale. 

in the presence of 

GEORGE BARBER 

his mark 

HENRY H LALAND. 

George Barber and Henry Laland, the two witnesses to this instrument, personally appeared before John 
Leverett, Esq., Govr., and Edward Tyng, Assist., April 2d, 1674, and deposed that they were present, on the day 
of the date of this instrument, and then and there did heate and see Thomas Wight, the subscriber, seal and 
publish the same as his last will and testament ; and that when he so did, he was of a sound disposing mind, to 
their best understanding. — Suffolk County Probate Records, Vol. 7, Uhh. 

INVENTORY OF THE ESTATE OF THOMAS WIGHT. 

A true inventory of the estate, both of Lands, Housings and Cattle and moveable goods of Thomas Wight 
sen., late of Medfleld, in the county of Suffolk, in New England, who deceased March the seventeenth, 1673, with 
all other dues to him belonging, as it was apprized the 24th, 1 mo., 1673-4, by those underwritten : 

IN THE PARLOR. 

Imprimis— To his books £ 1 10 00 

To his wearing apparel 11 

feather bed. bedstead and covering 7 

money 4 2 3 

a cup board, table and chairs 1 6 

IN THE PARLOR CHAMBER. 

a bedstead and furniture 4 6 

a chest of linen 4 18 

several pieces of linen and woolen cloth 6 15 

311b. of yerne 2 15 

IN THE LITTLE BEDROOM. 

a chest, bedstead and bedding 3 10 

IN THE HALL. 

tables, forms and a chair, 16 

andirons, firepan, tonges, hakes 1 

bellows, combs, hourglass, shears 12 6 

IN THE BUTTERY. 

14 peices of pewter 2 18 

iron pots and brass vessels 3 16 

frying pan, gridiron, mortar, spittand several vessells and lumber 1 10 

IN THE LEANTO CHAMBER. 

Flax, old iron, 3 corn sacks and lumber 3 11 



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IN THE HALL CHAMBEB. 

a bedstead and bedding and spinning wbeel £ 1 13 

IN THE GARRETT. 

wheat and rye and Indian corn 4 

fann and lumber 8 

IN THE CELLAR. 

a tub of pork, suet, lumber 2 14 

IN THE BACK LEANTO. 

several iron tools and instruments 2 16 

spinning wheel, saddle and horse furniture, stock cards and grindstone 1 7 

To a musket and pike 10 

cart, plough, chains and hooks 2 

cart rope and plough irons 8 

two cows, two oxen, one yearling and one calf. 18 

hay in the barn, ladder and pitch forks 1 14 

5 sheep and two swine 3 13 

the dwelling house and barn and other outhouses, with twelve acres of land on which 

the building stands 150 

pasture land and orchard adjoining to the house and lot 20 

16 acres and one rod of swamp land 8 

4 " of meadow on the mill brook 20 

11 " of meadow land by Charles River 40 

11 " of upland on i;ine hill 10 

14 " of land on round plain 17 

7 " andonerodof land 6 

16 " of land by Joseph Morse T. 8 

8 " of land by London farm 4 

10 " and half of woodland west Charles River 5 

7 " of land and 25 poles 4 

16 " and half of land on long plain 10 

166 " of land on the new grant 10 

3 " of swampland 3 

4 " of meadow land 12 

110 " of land in Dedham bounds 15 

Debts due to the estate , 22 1 04 

£463 15 01 

Remembered since in land 1 

3 acres of land more 1 10 

Debts to be paid out of the estate 2 18 

his mark 
TIMOTHY f DWIGHT, 
HENRY ADAMS, 
JOHN MEDCALFE. 
[There is an error in the footing of the inventory, it should be £464 05 01.] 

Henry Wight and Ephraim Wight personally appeared April 2, 1674, before John Leverett, Esq., Govr. 
and Edward Tyng, Assist., and made oath that this paper contains a just and true inventory of the estate of 
their late father, Thomas Wight, of Medfleld, to the best of their knowledge, and that when'they know more 
they will discover the same.— Suffolk County Probate Records, Vol. 7, AW. 

In the probate records, the date of the death of Thomas Wight, prefixed to the inventory of his estate, is 
March 17th, 1673 — the year 1674, according to the manner of dating at that time, not commencing till eight days 
later, March 25. His estate was apprized seven days after his decease, the 24th, 1 mo 1673-4. His death is 
recorded in the Medfield records under the year 1674, as it should be. (Wight's Wight Family, 105—110 ) 

THE HOMES OF THOMAS WIGHT. 

A — In Dedham. 

The description of the home lot which Thomas Wight received in 1636 in Dedham has 
already been given, p. 1. The house erected by him on this lot stood at the foot of a little 
rise of land on the margin of the plain on the northwest of the brook mentioned in the 
grant and but a little distance from it. This little house was of slender material and 
thatched. The frame building which succeeded this was occupied by Henry 2 Wight (2) when 
his father and the remainder of the family moved to Medfield. Whatever title Henry had 
to the premises was confirmed to him by his father, by his will probated in 1674. Under 
date November 25, 1678, occurs the following record: " Granted to Henery Wight so much 
timber of the Towne comon land as will make a dwelling House for his Son Joseph Wight, 
and to take also two or three loads of pine timber for bord for the sayd House." This dwell- 
ing house was an addition to the frame residence just mentioned. Upon the death intestate 
in 1680 of Henry 2 , the title to these premises vested in his four surviving sons in common 
but finally settled in the elder of these, Joseph 3 , (9), who -passed his life there, dying in 
1729. His eventual successor in the residence and ownership was his son Ebenezer *, (49), 
whose nine children were born there. His eldest surviving son Joseph 5 , (124), born 1748, 
was the last Wight to occupy this aged frame Here he was born, here his twelve children 
were born, and here he died in 1826. Here in 1774 had died the last of the aborigines in 
Dedham, Sarah Quabish. whose husband died in another town two years later. During the 
later life of Joseph 5 , (124), and for a short period after his death, there were tenants in the 
old house — the latest occupant being Joel Stowell. About 1830 the ancient dwelling, the 



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home of six generations of Wights, was taken to pieces. Where the hearth stone was Dan- 
forth Phipps 8 Wight, M. D. (267), planted in 1840 an elm tree, which now flourishes, — may 
it ever flourish ! — in remembrance of the common ancestor of us all. Upon the death of 
Ebenezer 1 , the title to the premises passed to his son Rev. Ebenezer 5 , (125), and after his 
death in 1821 it passed to his children in common. In the youngest of these Edward , (270), 
the title finally rested and upon his death and the death of his widow in 1887, it has settled 
in their children. Thus this sacred little spot has been continuously in the Wight family 
from 1636 up to this hour. There are now no buildings upon it. 

Rev. Ebenezer 5 Wight (125), did not live after manhood upon the old grant. Upon 
his marriage to Catherine Fuller he resided in the Fuller homestead on the main street in 
Dedham, about a stone's throw from the old grant. This homestead finally vested in the 
children of Rev. Ebenezer, and here Danforth Phipps 6 Wight, M. D., (2(J7), passed his long 
and useful life. Upon the death of the last survivor of these children, the title passed to 
Danforth Phipps 7 Wight, (570), a son of Rev. Ebenezer's son Edward, in whom it now rests. 
His title is an estate for life with remainder to his widow and children. The old Fuller 
house, full of rare and ancient furniture, was inhabited until October, 1884, and stood upon 
its lot until December, 1884. From April, 1884, it was occupied by its owner Danforth 
Phipps 7 Wight, (570), who at the time was building upon the same lot a new residence in 
the colonial style. Some of the wainscoting of the old house was transferred to the lower 
hall of the new mansion and much of the old furniture ornaments, and gives a quaint flavor 
to, the recent building. Since October, ]884, the present owner has occupied his new home, 
and dispenses, as I well know, a genial and abundant hospitality. 

B. — In Medfield. 

As already stated, p. 2, the home lot of Thomas 1 Wight in Medfield was twelve acres 
in quantity, "touching upon Robert Hinsdale's at one angle, otherwise upon waste land." The 
six acres of John 2 Wight (8) joined his father upon the southwest. The houses upon these 
lots were a short distance from North street and Wight's lane, now Green street, led from 
North street thereto. The residence built upon the twelve acres of Thomas 1 was his home 
the remainder of his life. By consulting the inventory of his estate, p. 4, the reader can 
form his own conjecture as to the number and arrangement of the rooms in this house, and 
as to the wealth of its occupant. By his will the home lot, dwelling house, barn and out- 
houses went to his youngest son, Ephraim 2 Wight, (7). These home buildings escaped the 
torch of King Philip's Indians in 1676, although structures close by fell victims to the flames. 
Said Ephraim dwelt upon tbisspot until his death in 1723, when his youngest son, Daniel 3 
Wight, (42), inherited the place It was his home until his death in 1744. His eldest son, 
Peter 4 Wight, (108), succeeded to the ownership; but in 1762 he sold the estate to John 
Hooker of Medway. This Medfield homestead was, therefore, in the family from about 
1650 until 1762. The same year said Hooker resold to Nathan Coolidge. During the latter's 
ownership the house was severed from the lot, and removed by Barachias Mason. The 
house became a part of the Mason homestead on North street opposite Dale street. This 
house descended to Johnson Mason, and was the one in which Lowell Mason the musician 
was born. The Mason house, which thus annexed and absorbed the old Wight homestead, 
still stands, although itself divided and removed to other lots. 

The old Wight lot, after the severance of the dwelling, remained in the Coolidge family 
until 1797. The Coolidges were neighbors of the Wights, Peter Coolidge, the first of that 
name in Medfield, having bought in 1732 from John Fisher the old Robert Hinsdale place 
above mentioned. At the division of the Coolidge estate in 1797, Margaret Ellis, grand- 
daughter of said Peter Coolidge, and niece of said Nathan Coolidge, received this Wight lot 
as her Coolidge inheritance. In 1810 she and her husband, Obed Ellis, deeded it to Nathan 
Allen, Jr. He failed in business (butchering) some years after, and his creditors appear to 
have come into possession of the lot by sheriff's deed. In 1824 they sold the lot to Amos 
Thayer and his son Otis W. Thayer, who, together carried on the same business there. A few 
years subsequently the lot and the same business passed into the hands of Elijah Thayer, 
another son of Amos. About 1854 he sold the place to John and Alson Dyer. After a few 
years they sold it to a Mr. Brown, who kept a hotel there. He, in turn, sold it to Solomon 
Coboon, also a hotel keeper. Still later he sold the same piece of land to Alonzo B. Parker, 
the present owner. The lot has now no buildings upon it, but traces of the old Wight cellar 
are still visible. 



CHAPTER II. 

SECOND GENERATION. 

2. Henry 2 Wight (Thomas 1 ) born , settled with his parents in Dedham 

in 1637: He became a member of the church August 14, 1646, and was admitted a freeman 
May 26, 1647. {Register, III, 191.) In 1652 is recorded the sale of two acres of land which 
"Thomas Wight doe alienate and grante unto Henery Wight his Sonne." About the time of 
this grant occurred Henry's marriage to Jane Goodenow of Sudbury. Henry Wight remained 
in Dedham when the remainder of bis father's family removed to Medfield. He is first 
mentioned in Dedham records in connection with town affairs in 1653, having been appointed 
to the discharge of a town office. In 1658 he was made constable by the General Court. He 
was selectman for ten years, his first service being in 1661, (Mann's Annals, 79) and he held 
that office at his death. In 1665 is recorded a grant of 120 acres from the town to Henry 
Wight. The records furnish few instances of so large a gift and no reason is assigned for a 
favor so unusual. On February 24, 167f, Henry Wight was one of three Dedham citizens 
appointed to lay out a house lot for Rev. Samuel Mann at Wrentham, and to take care about 
the church lot there. Henry is mentioned in his father's will as " my eldest son," " my well 
beloved son," and is appointed one of his executors. Henry received by this will all his 
father's " houses and lands lying and being in Dedham." This devise included the original 
grant of 12 acres from the town to Thomas Wight. 

Henry's children were born in Dedham, and here he died intestate, February 27, 1680, 
or, as the record puts it, "Sergt. Henery Wight deceased 27:12:80." (WiWsDedham Records 
I, 15.) Under March 14, 1680, occurs the following, " At a Generall Meeting it was pro- 
posed to the Town whether they would chose another selectman in the room of Sergt. Wight, 
deceased." Power to administer upon his estate was granted April 26, 1681 " unto Jane, his 
relict widow and Joseph Wight his eldest son." The inventory, accepted two days later, 
aggregated £524.1.0. (Suffolk County Probate Records, Vol. 9, 21.) 

Jane Wight, who had joined the church June 12, 1653, died in Dedham, May 16, 1684. 
Her estate inventoried £462.08.03 — Joseph Wight and Nathaniel Chickering being adminis- 
trators. 

CHILDREN. 

S — 1. John, born December 13, 1652, died in Dedham, October 28, 1671 . 

9 — 2. Joseph, born May 11, 1654. 

10 — 3. Daniel, born November 24, 1656, baptised November 30, 1656. 

11 — 4. Benjamin, born June 18, 1659, baptised June 29, 1659. 

12 — 5. Jonathan, born July 2,- 1662, baptised July 13, 1662. 

Note 1. Reproductions of the signatures of Henry and Jane Wight, Jane's signature having been made at 
the time of her husband's death : 

M^^h/irgfa fat ^<flt 

Note 2. Jane Goodenow was daughter of John and Jane Goodenow, who in April, 1638, emigrated from 
Semley, Wiltshire, Eng., in the Confidence, from Southampton, John Jobson, master. John Goodenow was 42 
years of age at that time. (Register XIV. 335.) He died March 28, 1654. His will, allowed May 24, 1654, gave 
one-half of his estate (after a life estate in his wife and certain legacies) to his daughter, Jane Wight, and 
appointed his "sonne in law Henery Wile" his executor. (Register XIX. 43.) Variation in the orthography of 
surnames was not uncommon in early New England. See Barry's Framingham, 264, where Henry It ayte or Wight, 
of Dedham, is mentioned as the husband of Jane. 

Note 3. Dates of admission' to churcb membership and to freemanship afford only scant clues to birth 
dates. On May 18, 1631. the General Court of Massachusetts ordered that none be made freemen except church 
members, and on May 4, 1634, said Court provided that the oath of freemen should be given only to men of or 
above 16 years of age. 

3. John 2 Wight, (Thomas 1 ) born , is mentioned but once in Dedham 

records — in a transfer of land from Thomas Wight "unto John Wight his sonne" in 1652. 
He was one of the thirteen original settlers of Medfield, going there with his father. He 
received as his grant for a house lot " six acres abutting on Thomas Wight on the southwest, 
all else on waste land," Wight's Lane led from North Street to this place (Tilden's Medfield, 
45). John married Anne or A n Jl., or (i n Dedham records) An, — surname unknown. John 
was made a freeman in Med field May 18, 1653 (Register, III, 192), but died September 28, 
1653 — the first to die of the thirteen pioneers of Medfield. Administration upon his estate 
was granted to " Ann late wife of John Wight in behalfe of herselfe & ye childe she goes 
withall." (Register, VIII, 276.) The inventory of his estate taken October 3, 1653, amounted 
to £171.02.09, which was ordered equally divided between Ann and her still unborn child. 
As John's estate in 1652 aggregated only £88, it is presumed that his marriage was the cause 
of the increase in so short a time. 

CHILD. 

13.— 1. Abihaile, born in Medfield, January 1, 1653-4. 

Note. The widow, Ann Wight, married April 11, 1655, Isaac, son of William Bullard, of Dedham, and 
removed to that town. Her date of death is unknown; her husband, "Isaac Bulward, deceased, 11:3:76." See 
Morse's Sherbom and Hollislon, 46, for Ann's descendants of the Bullard marriage. 



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4. Thomas 2 Wight, (Thomas 1 ), born ,is not mentioned in Dedham records, 
he having moved to Medfield with the family, doubtless before he was of age. He married 
Mehetabel Cheney, born June 1, 1643. (Register, V, 334.) Thomas was accepted as a citizen of 
Medfield in 1653. His home lot there was on Green Street, east of his father's home. Thomas 
and bis brother Ephraim (the latter having inherited his father's place,) were permitted to 
fence across the roads leading through their home lots, on condition that they make " handy 
bars." Thomas' name occurs among the Medfield proprietors in 1675. He had also lands in 
Medway. In 1659 he received six acres in the Old Grant, and, later, 56 acres in the New Grant 
lying immediately west. In 1702 when the Black swamp in Medway was laid out, Thomas' 
two sons Joshua and Eleazar received portions — Joshua 3 rods 6 feet and Eleazar 4 rods 2 
feet — thereof, doubtless by right of inheriting their father's realty in Medway. (Jame- 
son's Medway, 19, 23, 40.) None of these persons resided in Medway. 

In 1675 Thomas Wight subscribed one bushel of " Endian corne " to the fund for the 
" new brick college " at Cambridge, but on account of his deprivations during the Indian 
war the next year, his subscription seems to have been remitted. 

In the attack upon Medfield by the Indians February 21, 1676, his residence was des- 
troyed and he was reduced to apply with others for a rebate of his"reats." His personal peti- 
tion for relief is as follows: 

THOMAS WIGHT'S PETITION. 

To the Honorable Governor, Deputy Governor & Magistrates, with the deputies sitting in general Court at 
Boston May 8 1678 the petition of Thomas Wight humbly sheweth : 

That whereas it pleased God to visit us in our towne of Medfield with the awful and solemn strook by the 
Indians and bereaving me of my habitation and six cattell being burnt in my barn, my horse taken away and 
even bereaved of most of the means for my sustenance, so that I have been exposed to greate sufferings thereby, 
not having wharwith to get. corn for my family but as I went to my dayly labour for it : that had to help others 
in their want ; and have had no way to' procure cloathings but as we could by any means procure cotton or 
sheeps wool and for shous nesity have Inforced me to run in debt ever sence and have not wharewith to pay yet 
am earnestly called upon for reats and have not wharewith to pay although I should leve none for my self or 
famely who are six in all and many other difficulties that doe iitend me for want of a habitation and other 
nesserys, the consideration wharof have put me upon nesity of besiching and emploring this Honored Court to 
cast an aspect of favour upon the deserted estate of your poor petitioner in passing an order to remit my rats 
depending, being beetwe three and four pounds, which shall ever oblige me to endeavor to pay with cheerfulnis 
for the futer to publique charge as god shall enable me as also to pray the god of marcy to cast in aboundently 
upon you who are wilen to extend marcy to the efflicted in a day of thare destress which is and shall be the 
constant prayer of him who is your poor suppliant and humbel sarvent THOMAS WIGHT. 

This is indorsed : — 

The committee judged meet to hold him in one-half of the rates and extend the time till next March for the 
other half. The deputies voted to remit all his rates, which was consented to by the magistrates on the 7 (8) 78. 
(Tilden's Medfield, 95.) 

I do not find the dates of death of Thomas or of his wife. The inventory of Thomas' 
estate, made September, 25, 1690, amounted to £239.07.08, his brother Samuel and Edward 
Adams were administrators. His children were born in Medfield. 

CHILDREN. 

1* — 1. Mehetabel, born June 12, 1663, died doubtless before her father. 

15.— 2. Thomas, born October 27, 1665, died doubtless before his father. 

16 — 3. Mary ('' Marie " in records), born February 20, 1667. 

17 — 4. Eleazar, born June 1, 1670. 

18 — 5. Joshua, born July 25, 1679. 
Note. Mehetabel Cheney was daughter of William and Margaret Cheney or Cheiney, of Roxbury. William 
died aged 63. June 30, 1667. See his will Register XVI, 164. His widow married a Burge and died July, 1686. 
(Savage's Gen. Diet, I, 373.) 

5. Mary 2 Wight (Thornas 1 ) born .probably before her parents' settle- 
ment in Dedham. I have thought fit to change the order of birth of Thomas 1 Wight's chil- 
dren, as given in Wight's Wight family, 15, to the extent of making this undated daughter older 
than at least her brother Samuel. This alteration presumes that their father's will does not 
mention his children in an exact chronological order. I have made this re-arrangement 
because the birth of Mary is not contained in the Dedham records, because if born after 
Samuel she would have been much younger than her husband, and because, as she was mar- 
ried in 1657, the latter event would have occurred quite early in her teens. None of these 
reasons by itself would suffice to work the innovation, but taken together they determined 
my mind. Mary's name is not found in the Dedham church or town records. She moved 
with her parents to Medfield and there married May 21, 1657, Thomas Ellis (Register XIII, 
217), who was baptized in Wrentharn, England, December 13, 1629, and moved from Dedham 
to Medfield about 1651-2. His house lot, in "The Bachelor's Eoe," on North St., Medfield, 
has been continuously in the possession of himself and his descendants to the present day 
(Tilden's Medfield, 61, 378). Thomas died December 12, 1690; his widow died March 7, 1693; 
both in Medfield. There also all their children were born. 

CHILDREN. 

19 — 1. Judith Ellis, born April 2, 1658. 

20.— 2. Mary Ellis, born September 26, 1660. 

21 — 3. Abielle Ellis, born October 15, 1662. 

22 — 4. Samuel Ellis, born November 9, 1664. 

23.-5. Thomas Ellis, born January 10, 1666; died in Medfield, 1670. 

24 — 6. Patience Ellis, born February 22, 1668. 

25.-7. Ruth Ellis, born October 31, 1670 ; was living unmarried in 1697. 

26 8. Thomas Ellis, born July 24, 1674 ; nothing told. 

27 — 9. Joanna Ellis, born January 17, 1677. 



Thomas 1 ; Samuel 2 , Ephraim 2 



Note 1. Thomas Ellis received by lot nine acres of land in the Old Grant and 77 acres of land in the New 
Grant, Medway (Jameson's Medway, 19, 23). 

Note 2. For the origin of the name Ellis and for an attempt to trace the English Ellises, through one of Wil- 
liam the Conqueror's barons, to the.early kings of France, see Ellis' Notices of the Ellises. 

6. Samuel 2 Wight (Thomas 1 ), born February 5, 1639, is tbe earliest Wight mentioned in 
Dedbam records: "Samueil ye sone of our brother Thomas wight was baptised ye 15th of 
ye 7 month, 1640." (Hill's Dedham Records, II, 24.) He moved to Medfield about 1650 with 
his father. In 1662 " Henirry Smith, John Bowers and Samervell wight ar Chosen to burn 
the woods in there severall parts of the town as they live." (Tilden's Medfield, 68.) The 
ancient Bible of Samuel's remote descendant, Martha Gibbs Wight (426) now of Marietta, 
Geo., thus records his marriage: " Mr. Samuel Wight and Miss Hannah Albee, of Medfield, 
Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England, were married by the Rev. Mr. John Wilson 
of the town aforesaid, on the 25th day of March, 1663." Samuel was made a freeman October 
8, 1672 (Register, III, 242), and as early as 1673 was settled in the north part of the town. The 
same year he was constable. His name appears in the list ot Medfield proprietors, made in 
1675 (Tilden's Medfield, 78). His home was burned by King Philip's Indians, February 21, 
1676, but was rebuilt, apparently on the same spot, the site of which is still visible near the 
house of Mr. William C. Allen on the west side of North St. (Tilden's Medfield, 84, 512). On 
account of his losses by the Indians, Samuel's subscription of one bushel of corn to the " new 
brick college," at Cambridge, was forgiven. For the same cause he petitioned for relief from 
his taxes, and the records of the General Court, May 9, 1678, show the following action: 

"Samuel Wight of Medfield, having suffered great loss by fire by the indian enemy, brought very low 
humbly desired the favor of the Court to remit him the rates about three or four pounds already due for the 
last year, hoping God will enable him to pay rates again for the future." 

"The Court granted his request." (Tilden's Medfield, 96.) 

The name of Samuel appears in the early lists of Dedham tax-payers; his name and his 
wife's appear among the members of Medfield parish church in 1697 (Tilden's Medfield, 108, 
109); and his name occurs among the proprietors of the "black swamp" Medway in 1702 
(Jameson's Medway, 40). His will was made May 19, 1710, appointing his sons Samuel and 
Joseph executors. He died December 21, 1716; his widow died April 24, 1723; both in Med- 
field. There also their children were born. 

CHILDREN. 

28 — 1. Hannah, born March 25, 1664 ; died the same year. 

29.-2. Samuel, born November 11, 1665. 

30 — 3. Hannah, born February 4, 1667. 

31. — 4. John, born May z2, 1670 ; history unknown ; is not mentioned in his father's will. 

32 -5. Nathaniel, born October 11, 1672; died October 13, 1675. 

33 — 6. Benjamin, born January 30, 1674. 

34. — 7. Abigail (" Abiell " in records), born November 8, 1676. 

' 35.-8. Joseph, born September 7, 1679. 

36.-9. Jonathan, born September 11, 1682. 

Note 1. Samuel's signature attached to papers relating to the estate of his brother Thomas in 1690 : 



5- 




tUvtMvq h)L 



'<•? 



(But Samuel made his mark to his will.) 

NoteS. Hannah Albee, born in Braintree, August 16, 1641 (Register III, 126), was daughter of Benjamin 
Albee (Albie, Alby), who about 1651,2, moved from Braintree to Medfield, and subsequently to Mendon. (Savage's 
Gen. Diet, I, 20 ; Tilden's Medfield, 294.) 

7. Ephraim 2 Wight (Thomas 1 ), born January 27, 1645, was baptized in Dedham, 
February 8, 1645. He moved with the family to Medfield about 1650, but his name occurs on 
the Dedham tax-lists. He married in Medfield March 2, 1668, Lydia Morse, baptized in 
Dedham April 13, 1645 (Morse's Memorial of the Morses, 20; Morse's Sherborn and-Holliston, 
178.). Ephraim was made a freeman October 8,-1672 (Register III., 242.). He and his 
brother Henry were appointed executors of their father's will, which was probated in 1674. 
Ephraim was the residuary legatee of his father's estate and received also by special devise 
the homestead on Green Street. His name appears among the Medfield proprietors in 1675. 
His house seems to have escaped the ravages of King Philip's Indians in February, 1676, 
although the residence of Thomas 2 Wight (I) adjoining was burned. Ephraim's subscrip- 
tion of "2 bushelles of Endian corne " for building tbe " new brick college " at Cambridge 
occurs with many others. In 1697 he and his wife appear among the members of the parish 
church, Medfield (Tilden's Medfield, 108, 109). Ephraim was also interested in Medway 
property. He was one of twelve citizens of Medfield who accepted the offer of that town 
" to give fifty acres of land where it may be most convenient for the encouragement of any 
that would adventure to build a gristmill upon Charles River." This was the first mill built 
at Rockville, in Medway. When the Black Swamp of Medway was laid out in 1702, 7 rods 
and 4 feet fell to Ephraim. (Jameson's Medway, 37, 40.) He never resided in Medway, his 



io The Wights. 



son NafchanieF (41) being the first Wight to reside within the limits of that town. Ephrairn's 
mental condition late in life is to be inferred from the fact that Nathaniel Partridge and 
Thomas Boyden, husbands of his daughters Lydia (37) and Deborah (44) '* protested against 
the so-called will of our honored father, knowing him to be a 'religious, good man, but not 
capable to make a will these seven years last past." (Tilden's Medfield, 512.) Notwithstanding 
this protest the will which was made September 27, 1717, was probated March 11, 1722-3. 
The original Wight homestead went io his sou Daniel (42). 

Ephraim died February 26, 1722-3, his wife had died July 14, 1722— both in Medfield, 
Their children had been born there. 

CHILDREN. 

37 t. Lydia, born March 14, 1669 

38.-2. Esther, born January 13, 1670 ; was living unmarried in 1717 ; nothing more known. 

39. — 3. Ephraim, born January 25, 1672. 

40. — 4. Miriam, born August 22, 1675. 

41.— 5. Nathaniel, born September 12, 1678. 

42. — 6. Daniel, born November 19, 1680. 

43 7. Bethia, born March 8, 1683. 

44.-8. Deborah, born December 1, 1685. 

45 9. Ruth, born July 20, 1688. 

Note 1. Copy of Ephrairn's signature to his will : 



£yAmn *ijfl~ 



Note 2. Tbe early Morses : Rev. Thomas Morse of Foxearth, Essex, England, made his will November 10. 
1596, which is set out at length, Rei/istei XIX. 26 4. Rev. Abner Morse there states that Rev. Thomas was un- 
doubtedly tbe father of Samuel Morse, who April 15, 1635, emigrated in the Increase to Watertown. He was then 
50 years of age and bis wife Elizabeth 48 (Rrgi4ir XIV, 311 ; Hotten's Original Lists, 64). In 1636 Samuel removed 
to bedham and about 1650 to Medfield, where he and two of his sons were of the thirteen first families. He died 
December 5, 1654, and his widow June 20, 1655 — both in Medfield (Register XIII, 217). Bee his will Register V, 299, 
and the inventory, P-aUtrr IX, 111. Cbildren of Samuel were : 

1. John Morse, rsSU — 1657,) wife Annis. who died in Dedham September 1, 1693. Lived in Dedbam, where 

are many descendants. In 1655, John, being a tailor, became an inhabitant of Boston (Drake's Boston, 
341). Among his children were Joseph Morse (30:12:1640-1689) of Dedham, who November 12, 1668, 
married ITiscilla Colburn, born April 1, 1616, sister of the wife of Joseph 3 Wight (9); and Ezra Morse 
(5:12: 1643-1697), of Dedham, who, February 18, 1670, married Joniina Hoare. 

2. Daniel Morse, |1613 — June 5, I68S,) was one of the founders of Medfield and of Sherborn. He married 

Lydia Fisher (who died aged 70, January 29, 1K90), daughter of Anthony and Mary Fisher. Anthony, 
who died intestate in his «0th year, April 18, 1671, in Dorchester, Mass-, was son of Anthony of Syle- 
ham. Eng. Among Daniel Morse's children were Lieut. Jonathan Morse, 1 1643 — August 30. 1727) of 
i-herborn, who married Mary Barber ; Lydia Morse, who married Ephraim Wight (7); Nathaniel Morse 
(1657 — October 17 1728) of Sherborn. wife Mary; and Samuel Morse (1661 — March 2, 1704,) of Sherborn, 
wife Deborah, who died October 5 1719. 

3. Joseph Morse (1615 — 1654) married 1638 Hannah Phillips of Watertown, who died 1676 in Boston. Among 

their children were Samuel Morse (1639— February 28, 1717-18), of Medfield, who, February 10, 1664-5, 
married Elizabeth Wood 'died June 26, 1682); Sarah Morse, born 1643, wife of Nathaniel Lawrence, of 
Groton, and ancestress of Amos and Abbott Lawrence; Dorcas Morse, born 1645, who married, 1665, 
Henjamin Clark (1614-1724), of Medfield ; Joseph Morse, (1649— Februaryl9, 1717-18), of Sherborn, who, 
October 17, 1671, married first Mehetabel (July 22, 1655-November 12. 1681) daughter of Nicholas and 
Anna (Babcock) Wood, and, second, April 11, 1 683, Hannah Babcock, of Milton (died November 9, 
1711); and Jeremiah Morse (1651-1716), of Medfield, who married Elizabeth Hamant. 

4. Abigail Morse, wife of Daniel Fisher, of Dedham, and great-great-grandmother of Fisher Ames. 

5. Samuel Morse married Mary Bullen. Returned to England and served as a colonel under Cromwell. 

{Register XIX, 265.) 

6. Jeremiah Morse settled in Boston. 

7. Mary Morse died February 14, 1691 ; married 1641 Deacon Samuel Bullen, of Medfield. Many descend- 

ants there. 
Authorities: Morse's Memorial of the Morses, 3; Morse's Sherborn and Holliston, 178, el seq.; Tilden's Medfield, 
488 ; Jameson's Medway, 484, showing Fisher coat of arms ; Register, V, 899. 



CHAPTER III. 

THIRD GENERATION. 

9. Joseph 3 Wight {Henry, 2 Thomas 1 ), born May 11, 1654, became a freeman May 8, 
1678. (Register III., 245.) "Joseph Wite and Deborath Colborne marryed 15:11:1679. 
(Hill's Dedham Records I., 17.) Deborah died in Dedham, August 30, 1684, and Joseph mar- 
ried, April 22, ',1685, Mary Stearns. He was selectman eighteen years, first in 1690, and town 
clerk thirteen years, first in 1709. (Mann's Annals, 79, 80.) During the last thirty-three 
years of his life he was deacon in the First Church, Dedham — in the pastorates of Rev. 
Joseph Belcher and Rev. Samuel Dexter. Joseph " was a man of superior judgment and of 
an excellent understanding; and was eminent for piety and sanctity of life. It is illustrative 
of the opinions and usages of his time, and proof of the high estimation in which he was held, 
that in his old age, many parents carried their young children to him that he might implore 
for them the favor of Heaven. In my youth I was acquainted with a venerable matron of 
this parish, who well remembered him and had received his blessing. She described with 
much feeling the impression made upon her mind by the solemnity of the scene, when in w 
her childhood she stood before this good old man who, leaning upon his staff, laid his hand 
on her head and, in prayer, craved for her the blessing of God. . . His creed was 
after the faith of his fathers, and he was of the straitest sect. He was exceedingly 
tenacious of all the forms and observances of religion practiced by the first settlers 
of New England, and zealously opposed all innovations in doctrine, and usages of wor- 
ship. When he became the head of a family he failed not in the daily performance of 
family devotion; and such was his reverence for tire Christian Sabbath that it was his uni- 
form practice on that day to assemble his household together in family prayer, morning, 
noon and evening. Heaven gave him length of life, and those who knew him said of him 
that he passed it in the conscientious performance of his duties to God and to man." 
(Wight's Wight Family, 61, 62.) 

Deacon Joseph's will was made January 2, 1724-5, he died June 23, 1729, and his will 
was approved November 29, 1731. His widow died in Dedham December 25, 1733. His 
children were born in Dedham. 

CHILDREN. 

46 1. Joseph, born December 10, 16sl. 

47.-2. Dh borah, born August 25, 16*4. 

48.-3. Nathaniel, born September 13, 1688. 

49.— 4. Ebenezkr, born January 22, j696. 

50. 5 Jabez, born July 12, 17G1. 

Note 1. The original gravestones of Joseph and MaTy Wight were visible in the old Dedham cemetery in 
1882. New stones with the former simple inscriptions have since succeeded upon the same site. 
NoieZ. Reproduction of the signature to the will of Joseph Wight : 



d 



l^'jA. 






Note S. Nathaniel Colburn, one of the early settlers in Dedham, married there July 25, 1639, Priscilla Clark. 
Their daughter Deborah, born January 2\ 1656, married Joseph Wight. Mary Stearns second wife of Joseph 
Wight, was daughter of Lieutenant Nathaniel and Mary (Stone) Stearns, and was born in Dedham, August 22, 
1661. (Hill's Dedham Records, I, 126, 6. 8 ; see 55, Notf.) 

Note h. In the early church services in l>edham, the deacons read and tuned the psalms. Rev. Mr. Dexter 
records under date, October 21, 1724 : " Voted that Mr. Jabez Pond shall for the future read the psalm and tune 
it, deacon Wight not being able." (Worthington's Dedham, 107.) As deacon Wight was then over 70 years of 
age, his voice had earned a rest. 

10. Daniel 3 Wight (Henry, 2 Thomas 1 ), born November 24, 1656, married February 
17, 1686 Anne (Annah, Hannah), baptized May 6, 1666, daughter of Andrew and Ann Dewing 
(Deuing, Dewen, Duin, Duein), of Dedham. Daniel became a freeman May 15, 1690 (Register 
III., 347), and^was selectman of Dedham two years, first in 1712. (Mann's Annals, 80). 
His will made April 28, 1719 (probated July 6, 1719), describes his son John as "'now in 
college." Daniel died in Dedham May 1, 1719. "Anne, the relict widow of Daniell Wight, 
died May 10, 1725." (Hill's Dedham Records, I., 51.) Her will made April 24, 1724, probated 
May 31, 1725, favors the youngest child, John, "to whom she wills everything." The chil- 
dren were born' in Dedham. 

CHILDREN. 

51.— 1. David born December 19, 1686. 

52 2. Daniel, born January 25, 1690. 

53.-3. John, born April 22, 1699. 
Note. Signature to Daniel Wight's will ; 



fc}<VV^ tfjwfe; 






i2 The Wights. 



11. Benjamin 3 Wight {Henry, 2 Thomas 1 ), born June 18, 1659, was a member of the com- 
pany of Captain John Jacob, of Hingham, in King Philip's war, and was doubtless on duty at 
Medfield in February, 1676-7, when the Indians wrought havoc among the homes of his 
uncles. (Register XL1L, 102.) Subsequently to his military service he removed from Ded- 
ham to his mother's borne in Sudbury, in the manuscript records of which town he and his 
family are traced under various disguises of spelling. He married April 10 1690, Elizabeth 
Newell, of Boston. (Register XVIII., 140.) His line seems to have run entirely to the distaff. 
He died March 10, 1739; his widow died January 6, 1743 — both in Sudbury. There were at 
least the following children — all born in Sudbury: 

CHILDREN. 

54 1. Jane, born April 6, 1691. (Register XXIII, Ul.) 

55 — 2. Sarah, boru 

56.-3. Hannah, born December 6, 1702, not traceable further. 

57.-4. Experience, born March 10, 1705. 

Note 1. Abraham Newell came to New England and settled in Roxbury in 1634 (Register XXXV, 244; Ellis' 
Roxbury, 124), aged 50. He was buried June 15, 1672. His son Isaac, aged 2 years at emigration, married Decem- 
ber 14,1658, Eliza or Elizabeth, daughter of William Curtis. Their fifth child, Elizabeth, born in Roxbury, 
January 6, 1669, married Benjamin Wight. The marriage date of Benjamin above given is from Sudbury 
records". Roxbury records say: "Elizabeth Newell maryed the same day as her sister Hannah." Her sister 
Hannah married John Holmes, April 9, 1690. 

Note 2. This family of Benjamin Wight is the one improperly spelled in Barry's Framingham, 428. 

12. Jonathan 3 Wight (Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 2, 1662, removed from Dedharn to 
Wrentham where August (not April as in Register IV., 85) 19, 1687, he married Elizabeth 
Hawes, of that place. He died in Wrentham intestate March 20, 1718-19, and administra- 
tion upon his estate was granted January 14 thereafter. Elizabeth Wight married February 
20, 1721-2, Samuel Billiard, of Dedharn. (Register IV., 86.) She must have lived to an 
extreme old age as a deed (Suffolk Records, vol. 102, folio 247) bearing her signature releas- 
ing her dower estate in all the landed property belonging to her first husband, was dated 
April 2, 1764,77 years after her first marriage. Jonathan by this deed is called " late of 
Wrentham, yeoman, deceased," and the parties to the deed, called his "children and 
heirs," are Elizabeth Ware, widow, Mary Whiting, widow, Jonathan Whiting, Jabez Ware 
and Michael Ware, yeomen, Jane Fairbanks, widow, Ezra Pond, yeoman, and Margaret 
Pond, his wife, Leonard Fisher, yeoman, and Hephzibah Fisher, his wife, Ezra Blake, 
gentleman, and Esther Blake, his wife, Elisha Pond, yeoman, and Phebe Pond, his wife. 
Elizabeth Bullard, living in Wrentham and formerly the wife of said deceased, grantors, 
and Jonathan Wight, of Wrentham aforesaid, yeoman, son to the deceased, grantee. The 
children of Jonathan and Elizabeth were born in Wrentham. (Register IV., 83.) 

children. 

58.— 1. Jeane, born September 6, 1688. 

59.-2. Elizabeth, born June 28, 1692. 

60 .—3. Mehetabel, born September 6, 1694, died in Wrentham, September 3, 1704 (Register III, 32.) 

61 .—4. Marah, born October 13, 1696. 
62.-5. Jonathan, born January 6, 1700. 
63 .—6. Sarah, born July 19, 1703 . 

Note 1. Following the record in Wrentham of the birth of Jonathan (62) is the statement " and another son 
they being twins born att ye same time." There is no further reference to this remarkable twin. 

Note 2. Perhaps Jonathan* was attracted to Wrentham because his father Henry 2 Wight (2) purchased 
there in April, 1675, the house lot of John Littlefield. (Barry's Framingham, 317 ; Morse's Sherbom and Holtiston, 
46.) 

Note 3. Probably Samuel Bullard, who married the widow Wight, was the Samuel born December 22, 1659, 
who married first Hannah Thorp. He was son of Isaac and Ann (Wight) Bullard (3, Note). (Hill's Dedharn 
Records I, 7, 17.1 

Note h. Wrentham, like Medfield and Medway, was carved out of Dedham. Dedham was incorporated in 
1636. The territorv which was included in the original grant now forms the whole or part of 1H different 
towns: Dedham, 1636; Medfield, 1651: Wrentham, 1673: Sherbom, 1674: Needham, 1711; Medway (from Med- 
field) 1713 ; Bellingham, 1719 ; Walpole, 1724 ; Foxboro and Franklin (from Wrentham), 1778 : Natick, 1781 ; Dover, 
1784; Hvde Park, 1868 ; Norfolk, 1870; Norwood, 1872; Wellesley (from Needham), 1881; Millis, 1885, and West 
Roxbury. (Register XLI, 21; Dedham 250th Anniversary, 209.) 

13. Abihaile 3 Wight (John, 2 Thomas 1 ), born January 1, 1653-4, was but an infant when 
her mother married Isaac Bullard and moved to Dedham. The little child figures in 1657 as 
one of the forty-one proprietors ot Medfield, in right of her father. (Tilden's Medfield, 63), 
and she received thirty-eight acres when the New Grant in the present town of Medway 
was divided among Medfield proprietors in 1660. _ (Jameson's Medway, 23.) But her name 
is not found among Medfield proprietors in the list made in 1675, and record of her mar- 
riage or death has been sought in vain. Thus early the line of one of Thomas Wight's sons 
drops out of our history. 

16. Mary 3 Wight (Thomas, 2 Thomas 1 ), born February 20, 1667, married in Medfield, 
April 8, 1686, Captain Joseph Clark, a cordwainer bv trade, born 1664, oldest child of Joseph 
and Mary (Allen) Clark, of Medfield, oldest child of Joseph and Alice (Pepper) Clark, of Ded- 
ham. Captain Joseph settled in the north part of Medfield, but upon the death of his father in 
1702, Captain Joseph received the old homestead in the south part of the town and removed 



Thomas 1 ; Thomas 2 ; Mary 3 . 13 

thither. He was one of the prominent men of Medfield, built the grist-mil], and manufac- 
tured mult in an adjacent building. In 1695 he held the office of sealer of leather. Upon 
the death of Mary, December 16, 1705, he married the widow Abigail Smith, and died in 
1731. The marriage of this Mary was the first recorded marriage in Medfield by the min- 
ister. Before this all marriages were solemnized by commissioners, no clergyman except of 
the established church having had the right to unite persons in wedlock. (Tilden's Med- 
field 349, 10] ; Jameson's Medway, 462.) 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Mary 1 Clark (February 2, 1687-1717); married 1705, Nathaniel Smith, of Medfield, born 1681 (46, Note 2). Six 

children including : 

2. Joseph 5 Smith, born 1707, married 1734, Abiel Hamant (1708-1783); settled in Sturbridge. 

3. David 5 Smith, 1711-760, married 1737, Hannah Lovell. 

6. Nathaniel 5 Smith, born 1717, married 1743, Susanna Hinsdale, and removed to Sturbridge. 

2. Mehetabel* Clark, born December 7. 1690, married Timothy (December 27, 1687-May 19, 1763), son of Jeremiah 

and Elizabeth (Hamant) Morse (7, Note 2) . Settled in Walpole. 

3. Hannah* Clark, born December 1, 1692, married 1709, John Robbins. 

4. Esther 4 Clark (March 2, 1693-1774), married 1716, Ebenezer (1693-1759), son of John and Sarah (Adams) Turner. 

of Medfield. Ten children, including : 

2. Esther 5 Turner, married, in 1742, Zachary Partridge. 

5. Bezaleel 5 Turner, married, 1747, Elizabeth Baker. Among their eleven children was a daughter 
Thankful (1753-1827), who, 1778, married David Clark (SO). 

7. Abner 5 Turner (1730-1807) married 1754, Abigail Smith, of Walpole. Among their children was a 

daughter, Zilpah Turner (1763-1846), wife of Charles« Hamant (1761-1832)', of Medfield. See below. 
9. Keturah 5 Turner, born 1735, married, 1761, John Cleaveland. 
10. Seth 5 Turner, born 1738, married, 1775, Mary Clark, of Medfield. Three children. See Mercy* 
Wight (77). 

5. Joseph* Clark (June 9, 1697-1731) married, 1718, Experience, daughter of Isaac and Experience (Metcalf) 

Wheeler, of Medfield. Among their children were Joseph, 5 born 1720, who married Elizabeth Puffer and 
moved to Mendon ; Rowland 5 (1722-1790), who, 1744, married Hannah Lawrence and settled in Sturbridge, 
and Hephzibah. 5 born 17J5, who married, 1747, Gideon Albee, of Mendon. 

6. Hephzibah* Clark (February 2, 1699-1791), married, 1727, Timothy (1699-1774), son ot Timothy and Milletiah 

(Clark) Hamant, Milletiah Clark being daughter of Ephraim, who was son of Joseph and Alice Clark, of 
Dedham, above referred to. The Hamants lived in Medfield. Among Hephzibah's nine children were ; 
5. Patience 5 Hamant, born 1735, married, 1762, Moses 5 -smith. (31). 

7. Basmath 5 Hamant, born 1738, married Nathaniel Walker, of Sturbridge.- 

8. Dinah 5 Hamant (1739-1813), married, 1766. Captain Ephraim Chenery (1735-1816), ot Medfield. Nine 

children, including : 

3. Damaris Chenery (1770-1849), who, 1801. married Jason Harding (1772-1855), of Medfield. They 

were parents of Joanna'' Harding, born 1808, who married George M. 7 Smith (see below); and 
of Cynthia 7 Harding, born 1815, who married Daniel D. 7 Hamant (see below). 

4. Benjamin" Chenery (1772-1837), married, 1791, Esther Gould, of Medway, died 1843. Nine 

children, including ; 

1. Betsey 7 Chenery, born 1792. married 1813, Joseph Greenwood, of Medwav. 

5. Warren 7 Chenery (1801-1871), married, 1823, Jael Plimpton (1805-1870) (86, Note). They 

were parents of George W. 8 Chenery (1827-1866), donor of the Town Hall of Medfield. 

6. Benjamin 7 Chenery, born 1808, married 1828 Orinda Daniels, of Medway. Three 

children. 

7. Caroline D. 7 Chenery (1807-1864), married Horace 7 Wight. (1083.) 

8. William 7 Chenery, born 1809, married Caroline Kingsbury, of Walpole, and Harriet 

Lewis. 

9. Lowell 7 Chenery, born 1811, married Mary Holbrook, of Sherborn. 

9. Francis 5 Hamant (1741—1808), married, 1771, Mary (died 1826), daughter of Hon. Jeremiah Daniels, of 

Medway. 

1. Mercy 6 Hamant (1771-1868), married, 1795, "Squire" Moses Bullen Harding (1771— September 

7, 1850), of Medfield. 

1. Eliza 7 Harding (1797— November 16, 1877), married, 1817, Hon. Jonathan Parker Bishop 
(April 10, 1792— July 10, 1865), of Medfield. 

1. Moses Bullen Harding 8 Bishop, born 1817, married, 1843, Abigail Torrey, who 

died in 1852, and Eliza H. Leavens, of Killingly, Conn. 

1. Elisha P. 9 Bishop (1854-1876), married in 1875 Abby A. Hartshorn, of Med- 
field. 

2. Caroline E. 8 Bishop, born 1820, wife of Silas W. Wilder and Charles Jennings. 

3. Marv Daniels 8 Bishop, born March 2, 1822. wife of John 8 Battelle (939). 

4. Robert R. 8 Bishop, born 1834, married, 1857, Mary H. Bullard, of Holliston. 

2. Timothy 8 Hamant (1774-1847), married, 1798, Priscilla Turner, of Medfield. No children. 

3. Daniels Hamant (1777—1-54), was father of Caleb S. 7 Hamant (1805-1873), who married Drusilla 8 

Clark (20); and of Daniels 7 Hamant (1811-1874), of Medfield. The last was lather of Mary J 8 
Hamant, of Julia A. 8 Hamant and of Francis D. 8 Hamant, born 1839, now of Medfield, all of 
whom married as stated under Mary 8 Ellis (20). 

7. Thomas* Clark (June 7, 1703-1776), married, 1727, Abigail (October 18, 1696-1777), daughter of Jeremiah and 

Elizabeth (Hamant) Morse, of Medfield. (7, Note 2.) 

1. Keziah 5 Oark, born 1729, married, 1747, Josiah Morse, of Walpole. 

2. Abigail 5 Clark (1730-1819), married, 1748, Francis Cole, of Medfield. Many descendants. 
8. Peninnah 5 Clark (1734-1778), married, 1758, Asa Hamant (1729-1810), of Medfield. 

1. Peninnah" Hamant, born 1759, married 1783, Levi Daniels, of Medway. 

2. Charles Hamant (1761-183'-'), married, 1807, Zilpah Turner (see above). No children. 

3. Asa° Hamant (1763-1843), married, 1804, Polly Draper (1782-1862), of Dedham. 

1. Hannah 7 Hamant, born 1805, married John Gould, of Walpole. 

2. Emeline 7 Hamant (1807-1811). 

3. Polly D. 7 Hamant, born 1810, married, 1832, Daniel P. Russell, of Medfield. 

1. Abigail L. 8 Russell, born 1834, married, 1883, John Clark, of Medway. 

2. Charles H. 8 Russell, born 1836, married, 1874, Rhoda Clark, of Medway. 
3 Walter 8 Russell (1843-1867), married, 1866, Catherine Bruce, of Medfield. 

4. Charles 7 Hamant, born 1>-12. married, April 15, 1841, Mary 7 Bosworth (193), who died 

January 8, 1844, and later Harriet J. Hunt, of Medway. 



i4 The Wights. 



1. Mary Bosworth 8 Hamant, born May 23, 1843, married, April 80, 1863, Willard 

Hanvood, of Boston. Three sons. 

2. Alice E. 8 Hamant, born 1850, married, 1885, Henry W. Austin. 

5. Daniel D. 7 Hamant, born 1815, married, 1841, Cynthia 7 Harding (see above). 

1. George I). 8 Hamant, born 1842, marrried, 1869, Jennie A. Esty, Canton, Mass. 

Three children. 

2. Marietta 8 Hamant (1844-1853). 

6. Lydia A. 7 Hamant, born 1817, married, 1841, William D. Rowe, of Medfield. 
4. Atarah 8 Hamant (1765-1856), married, 1782, Titus Smith. Eleven children, including; 

2. Lucretia? smith (1785-1867), married, 1>05, Captain Seth Chenery (1783-1862), of Medfield. 

3. Polly 7 Smith (1787-1813), married James Clark (1784-1861), of the Phoenix House, Dedham. 

4. Olive 7 Smith (1790-1-80), married, 1811, David 7 Clark (20). 

6. Clark 7 Smith, born 1795. married, Caroline Morse. Their daughter, Olive A., 8 born 1839, 

married, 1859, George W. Kingsbury, of Medfield. 

7. Atarah 7 Smith (1797-1865), married, 1824. Marcus Gilmore. Five children. 
9. Thomas 7 Smith (1799-1878), married, 1825, Eliza Wadsworth, of Hover. 

10. Titus 7 Smith (1*03-1843), married, 1x32, Abigail Burrill. of Roxbury. One daughter. 

11. George M. 7 Smith (1X06-1883), married. 1830, Joanna 7 Harding (see above). Two children. 

4. Bathsheba 5 Clark (1736-1772), married, 1756, Uriah Morse, (son of Josiah, son of Jeremiah, son of 
Jeremiah and Elizabeth (Hamant) Morse, 7, Note 2), who died 1815. Six children. 

17. Eleazar 3 Wight (Thomas 2 , TJiomas 1 ), born June 1, 1670, married (date not given) 
in Medfield, Relief, born 1670, oldest child of Joseph and Experience (Wheelock) Warren, 
and grandchild of Ralph Wheelock, " founder of Medfield." El* azar succeeded to the home- 
stead of his father on Green St., Medfield, which had been rebuilt after the Indian raid. 
His wife Relief also, in 1718, succeeded to a homestead, that of he-r father Warren " to the 
southward of Castle Hill." Eleazar had also 4 rods 2 feet of the Black Swamp, Med way upon 
its division in 1702. Upon the death of Relief in Medfield, February 20, 1740, Eleazar deeded 
to his son Thomas, the Warren homestead and one half of his father's homestead on Green 
St., at that time called Wight's Lane. (Tilden's Medfield, 505, 512.) 

CHILDREN. 

64.— 1. Thomas, born in Medfield, February 26, 1697. 
65 — 2. Eleazar, born in Medfield. December 18, 1701. 

Note. The Wheeloeks : Ralph Wheelock was born in Shropshire, England, in 1600, was educated at Clare 
Hall, Cambridge, was a dissenting minister and emigrated to New England. He was active in the formation of 
the church in Dedham, and is known as " the founder of Medfield." He was faithful in his service to the latter 
town, and was rewarded with many official honors. His wife Rebecca died in 1680, he died in 1683. Of their 
ten children were the following three: 

1. ' Benjamin Wheelock, born December 8, 1639, married, 1668. Elizabeth Bullen. They moved from 
Medfield to Mendon about 16 8 5. Their son Benjamin, born 1678, married Huldah, daughter of 
Jonathan and Elizabeth Thayer. Benjamin and Huldah were parents of Jonathan Wheelock 
who marrried Martha 1 Wight (83). 

2. Experience Wheelock. born 1648, married, 1668, Joseph Warren, as above. 

3. Eleazar Wheelock, (1654 — 1731), of Mendon, married Mary Chenery, who died 1732. Their son 

Ephraim (1697 — 1785) married for his fourth wife Mary 1 (Partridge) Ellis (37). Ephraim had 
married second in 1729 Priscilla Plimpton, and their son Ephraim Wheelock (1733 — 1X26) of Med- 
field and Shrewsbury married, 1767, Mary Clapp of Walpole, and had Samuel Wheelock, husband 
of Elizabeth« wight (410). 

18. Joshua 3 Wight (Thomas 2 , TJiomas 1 ), born July 25, 1679, chose his brother-in-law, 
Joseph Clark, his guardian, April 18, 1695. Notwithstanding this admission of infancy, Joshua 
married the next year, November 30, 1696, Abigail Rockwood in Dedham. (Hill's Dedham 
Records 1,28). This youthful wife, in less than a month, was dead. She died in Medfield, 
December 23, 1696. 'On October 4, 1699, Joshua married Elizabeth Spowell of Boston. The 
family resided in Medfield on the south side of Farm street a little east of the present rail- 
road crossing. In 1708, however, he sold the place to Elisha Bullen and removed to Wind- 
ham, Conn. (Tilden's Medfield, 513). Joshua had received 3 rods, 6 feet of the Black Swamp 
Medway upon its division in 1702. (Jameson's Medway, 40). He died August 14, 1762, his 
widow died March 15, 1765 — both in Windham. There may have been others besides the 
following 

CHILDREN. 

66. — 1. Elizabeth, born in Medfield, October 17, 1703, nothing more known. 
67. — 2. Joshua, born in Windham, October 20, 1708. 

Note 1. The Rockwoods: The name was at first written Rocket by the town clerks, although some of the 
members of the family as early as 1660 spelled it correctly. (Morse's Sherborn and Holliston, 213 ; Rockwood's 
Rockwood family, 9). The earliest of the name in New England was Richard of Dorchester and Braintree, who 
died in 1660. By his first wife Agnes who died in Braintree, May 9, 1643. he had a son Nicholas, of Medfield. This 
last married Jane Adams, who died December 15. 1654, and July 16, 1656, he married Margaret Holbrook, who died 
April 23, 1670. He died January 26, 1680. Among his eight children were : 

1. Deacon Samuel Rockwood, who died in Medfield 1728; he had married December 15, 1671, Hannah 

Ellis (1651-17:7 ) the first white female born in Medfield. Their daughter Abigail, born May 17, 
1679, mairied Joshua Wight, above. 

2. Benjamin Rockwood (September 8, 1651— December 5, 1747) married Judith 3 Ellis (19). 

8. Deacon Nathaniel Rockwood (February 23, 1665 — September 24, 1721), married Joanna 3 Ellis (27). 
Authorities : Morse's Sherborn and Holliston, 213, el seq.; Tilden's Medfield, 471 ; Jameson's Medway, 520. 

Note 2. Elizabeth Spowell was doubtless the child of William Spowell of Boston, who was born January 18, 
1654. (Register IX, 309). William was son of William and Elizabeth (Buckmaster) Spowell, of Boston. Correct 
Savage's Gen. Diet. Ill, 146, 153 ; see Register VI, 353. William Spowell the elder, on November 30, 1657, was to be 
paid 4s, 6d, " for looking to ye boyes att ye Meetinghouse." (Drake's Boston, 351.) 



Thomas 1 ; Mary 2 ; Judith 8 , Mary 3 . 15 

19. Judith 3 Ellis {Mary-, Thomas 1 ), born April 2, 1658, was the only grandchild men- 
tioned in the will of Thomas 1 Wight. In 1678 she married in Medfield Benjamin Rockwood. 
(18, Note 1). He was wounded- in King Philip's war in 1677, moved to Wrentham about 
1680, and was a constituent member of the Wrentham church. See Tilden's Medfield, 473, for 
his petition for relief in 1742 on account of his wounds received 65 years before. He died in 
Wrentham, December 5, 1747. His children except Bethia were born in Wrentham. {Regis- 
ter IV, 83; Morse's iSherborn and Holliston, 215; Daggett's Attleboro, 50.) 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Bethia 4 Rockwood, born in Medfield July 4, 1679, married December 1, 1701, William, born in Milton, May 

1, 1679, son of Rev. Samuel Man (Mann), Harvard 1665, first minister of Wrentham. (Register XIII, 325; 
XLI, 24.) Bethia had 11 children, including : 

2. Bethia 5 Man, born March 3, 1704. married April 21, 1731, Daniel Farrington. 

8. Mehetabel 5 Man, born September 1, 1713, married September 24, 1734, Daniel Boyden, of Wrentham. 

2. Judith* Rockwood, born March 17, 1681, married May 26, 1703, John George of Dorchester. {Register IV, 85.) 

3. Mary 4 Rockwood (October 2, 1683— April 12, 1763), married December 16, 1708, Samuel Fisher (1685-1769), of 

Wrentham (Register IV, 85). At least 6 children. 

4. Patience* (Patiant, in record) Rockwood, born May 20, 1686. 

5. Hezekiah* Rockwood, born August 26, 1688, died 1689. (Register III, 82.) 

20. Mary 3 Ellis {Mary 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 26, 1660, married March 20, 1678, in 
Medfield, Jonathan Adams, born April 4, 1655 ( 180, Note). He was active in the formation 
of the earliest church in Med way and was one of the first deacons of that church. (Jame- 
son's Medway, 99, 121). His descendants still own the land in Medway upon which he settled, 
situated on the west side of Charles River, beyond what is now Turnpike bridge. His wife 
died in 1717; he died January 24, 1718-19. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Jonathan* Adams, 1679-1694. 

2. Mary* Adams (1681-1725), married, 1708, Henry Smith (1680-1743), of Medfield, (46, Note 2). 

1. Mary 5 Smith (1709-1770), married, 1728, David Clark (1705-1771), of Medfield, son of Solomon, son of 

Joseph and Mary (Alien) Clark (16). 11 children, including : 

1. Nathans Clark (1729-1777), of Medfield, married 1760, Mary Morse (1731-1772), daughter of Samuel, 

son of Jeremiah and Elizabeth (Hamant) Morse (7, Note. 2). Nathan's daughter, Jerusha 7 
Clark (1767-18 51), married Ephraim Smiih (1758-1.839), of Medfield, and had a daughter 
Catherine 8 Smith (1804-1884), who in 1827 married Eleazar P. Tilden. They were parents 
of William S.° Tilden, boru 1830, representative in 1879 iu the legislature of Massachusetts, 
and author of History of Medfield. 

2. Jacob 6 Clark (1732-1801), of Medfield, married 1757, Milletiah (1732-1820), daughter of Samuel 

Hamant. Samuel was son of Timothy and Milletiah (Clark) Hamant, the latter being 
daughter ol Ephraim Clark, born 1646, son of Joseph and Alice Clark ol Dedham (16). 

1. Rachael 7 Clark, born April k, 1759, married Oliver 5 Wight (210). 

2. Martha? Clark (1761^-1806), married'r 1783, Lebbeus Smith (1760-1828), a singing master in 

Medfield. 

3. Pitt 7 Clark (1763-1835), Harvard 1790, ordained 1793, minister at Norton. 

4. Elisha 7 Clark (1765-1839), of Medfield, married, 1807, Hannah Boyden (1777-1848). Their 

daughter l>rusill» 8 (1814-1858) married Caleb S. 7 Hamant (16). 

5. Milletb.h 7 Clark, 1767-1768. 

6. Sarah? Clark (1769-1846), married. 1790, Isaiah (1769-1823!, brother of said Lebbeus Smith, 

of Medfield They were parents of Sally 8 Smith, born 1795, wife of Johrson Mason, 
of Louisville, Ky"; of Chloe 8 Smith (1805-1837), wife of Benjamin Balch, of Provi- 
dence, R. I.; and of Mary M. 8 Smith, born 1816, wife of Thomas L. Barney, of Med- 
field. 

7. Jacob? Clark (1774— January 29, 1837), of Medfield and Dedham, father of Jacob 8 Clark 

(1793-1*65), of Medfield, father of Joseph 9 Clark, born 1S20, who married, 1849. Ann 
Augusta Morse (1826-1869), parents of Jennie Augusta 10 i lark, who married Alden 
Hartwell" Wheeler (1850), of Medfield. 

4. Catherine Clark, born 1736, married 1759, Samuel Morse, born 1718, of Medfield and Hubbard- 

ston, brother of Mary Morse, above. 

5. Esther 6 Clark (1739-1797), married 1768, Silas Plimpton (1738-1818), of Medfield (86, Note). Among 

their children were : Olive 7 Plimpton, born 1770, wife of Seth Smith, a physician of Hol- 
land, Mass., and of Joshua Sj-etson, of Walpole; and Captain Wales 7 Plimpton (1782-1851), of 
Medfield. 

6. David« Clark (1742-1806), married Keziah Fisher (1742-1776), and in 1778 Thankful" Turner (16). 

Six children, including ; 

2. Aaron 7 Clark, born 1771, of Rutland, Mass., married 1795, Olive Allen, born 1775, 
daughter of Jonathan Allen (23, 68), by his second wife Abigail Harding. Aaron 
had 8 children, the youngest, Sarah 8 Clark, being the wife of Nicolas Wentworth, of 
Medway. 

2. Keziah 7 Clark, born 1779, married ArtemasMurdoek. 

3. David 7 Clark (1787-1859), of Medfield, married 1811, Olive 7 Smith (16). Seven children, 

among them : Olive 8 , born 1815, wife of Luther Guild; and James W. 8 Clark, born 

1834, who married Laura Ord, of Medfield. 
8. Mary 6 Clark (1746-1820) married 1771 John Fisher (1748-1790) of Medfield. They had Luther 7 
Calvin 7 , Quincy 7 , John 7 , Nathan 7 , Alpheus 7 and Moses 7 Fisher. Luther had a daughter 
Mary 8 Fisher, who married Warren 7 Plimpton (186) Calvin 7 , who lived in Boston, married 
Sibyl 7 Dean, below; and Quincy 7 married Anne 7 Allen, below. 

2. Henry 5 Smith, born 1711, married, 1780, Abigail (1711-1750) daughter of Captain Joseph Clark (16) by 

his second wife Abigail f-mith. Henry moved to Walpole, and had nine children, among them 
Henry 8 born 1735, who had Lois 7 Smith, born 1766, wife of Henry 6 Plimpton (186). 
8. Jonathan 5 Smith, (1714-1784), mairied, 1735. Abigail Wilkinson of Walpole, died 1773. Eight children, 
including : 

8. Abigail 8 Smith (1740-June 22 1766) married, July 3, 1764, Nathan Cutler of Medfield, born 
November 12, 1736, brother of John Cutler (21). (Morse's Cutler Family, 28.) 

4. Sibyl 6 Smith, born 1743, married, 1770, Joseph Dean of Dedham. A daughter Sibyl 7 , born July 

20, 1780, married Calvin 7 Fisher, (above). 

5. Jonathan 6 Smith (1745-1836), deacon in Unitarian Church, Medfield, married, 1769, Mercy Day 

of Walpole, died 1830. Nine children, including : 



1 6 The Wights. 



1. Synthe 7 Smith, born 1770, married, 1797, Aaron Guild of VValpole. 

2. Jeremiah" smith (1772-1853) of Medrield married, 1799, Anna Russell of Sherhorn. They 

had Jeremiah Russell* Smith, of Medrield, Oorn 1811, father of William Russell 9 
Smith, born 1838. who married 1865, Julia A.* 1 Hamant (16), died 1868, and iul872 Mary 
J. 8 Hamant (16;; and of Eliza M. 9 Smith, born 1842, who 1865, married Francis D.~ 8 
Hamant (16). 

3. Abigail 7 Smith, born September 25, 1774, married Aaron" Wight (468). 

6. Mary 7 Smith, married 1805, Hartshorn Chickering of Dover, Mass. 

7. Sarah 7 Smilh, born 1785, married, 1805, Benjamin Guy of Dover. 

6. Phebe 6 !-mith, born 1747, married June 2, 1768, Asa Ellis of Dedham. 

7. Rachel Smith (1749-1829) married May 9, 1771, Fisher Allen (1747-1842) of Medfield. Three 

daughters. 
S. Anne 6 tmith (1754-1827) married, 1779, Nathan (1753-1848) brother of said Fisher Allen. 

1. Anne 7 Allen (1780-1H70) married Quincy 7 Fisher, above. 

2. Obed 7 Allen (1782-1869) lieutenant-colonel in war of 1812. 

3. Nathan 7 Allen, born 1784, moved to Dedham, married, 1808, Catherine 6 Fisher (99). Six 

children, including Catherine Hinsdale 8 Allen, born 1810, married 1831, William 
Harvev Spear of Roxbury; and Mary A. 8 Allen, born 1816, married, 1844, Dr. James 
M. Aldrich of Fall River. 

4. Sarah 5 Smith (1717-1748) wife of Isaac Chenery (1711-1742) and of Joshua Boyden, born 1709, both of 

Medfield. 

5. Benoni 5 Smith (1725-1752) married, 1746, Mary Turner, died 1752. Three sons. 

3. Lydia 4 Adams, (1689-1691), 

4. Jonathan 1 Adams (1696-1776) married Dorcas Mason (1695-1778) of Medfield. Lived on Adams homestead in 

Medway. 

21. Abielle 3 Ellis (Mary-, Thomas 1 ), born October 15, 1£62, married August 30, 1683, 
Zechariah Barber, of Medfield, born September 29, 1656, eighth of the nine children of 
George Barbour, " a puritan of distinction" (Morse's Sherborn and Hollislon, 12), and one of 
the original proprietors of Medfield. George had married November 24, 1642, Elizabeth 
Clark, who died in 1683; he died two years later. Zechariah settled on Bridge Street, Med- 
field, owning what is now the town farm. In 1684 he beat the drum which then assembled 
the Medfieldians to Sabbath meeting. (Register, II, 1S4, 69.) He died August 11, 1705, his widow 
died April 14, 1716, both in Medfield. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Benoni 4 Barber, born September 9, 1684, died same year. 

2. Zechariah 4 Barber, born October 19, 1685, died in 1746, married, 1717, Deborah 4 Partridge (37). Lived in Med- 

field. 

1. Zechariah 5 Barber, February 10, 1719—1746. 

2. Deborah 5 Barber, November 8, 1720—1740. 

3. Elisha 5 Barber, born November 23, 1722, married, 1751, Silence Fairbanks, and about 1754 moved to 

Sherborn, where he died July 7, 1803. Silence died 1804. Six children. 

3. Joseph 4 Barber, deacon, (October 4, 1687 — March 3,1770), settled on the plain east of Chicken Brook one-half 

mile west of Mucksquit school house, West Medway. He married, May 19, 1726, Abigail Hawes. Seven 
children, including : 

2. Mary 5 Barber, born April 2, 1729, married Peter 4 Wight (108). 

3. Joseph 5 Barber, born April 23, 1731, " an eccentric but righteous man." (Morse's Sherborn and Hollislon, 
■ 13.) 

4. Abigail 5 Barber, born March 27, 1732. died February 22, 1809 married January 15, 1755, Timothy Par- 

tridge, born January 18, 1727, died Septembers, 1787, of Medway. Five children. 

5. Sarah 5 Barber, born January 27, 1736, married January 20, 1762, Josiah Fisk. Residence, Upton, Mass. 
7. Elizabeth 5 Barber (October 30, 1740— September 24, 1778,) married January 14, 1768, Jeremiah Littlerield. 

4. Abielle 4 Barber, born October 4, 1691, married probably William Allen, of Medrield. No children. 

5. John 4 Barber, born October 12, 1693, died June 20, 1754, settled in Medway. His first wife Mary, died Septem- 

ber 12, 1747. He married, 1751, Mrs. Mary, widow of Samuel Pond. She was born, Thurston, in Wrentham, 
and died May 7, 1754. John was deacon of Medway church from 1732 until his death. 
1. Abigail 5 Barber, born August 14, 1719, married 1740, Asa Richardson (October 16, 1720 — July 15, 1764), of 
Medway. 

1. Miriam 6 Richardson, born July 4, 1742, married Samuel Slocomb, a school teacher of Hubbard- 

ston, Mass. (Descendants in Slocum's Siocum family, 502.) 

2. Abigail 6 Richardson, born January 24, 1744, married July 7, 1763, John Cutler, of Medfield, 

brother of Nathan Cutler (20). John, a royalist, removed to Nova Scotia, and died at St. Johns. 
N. B. They left a daughter, (Morse's Gutter family, 32.) 

3. Asa Partridge 6 Richardson born about 1746, died July 2, 1837. He married Hannah, daughter 

of John and Ruth Hill, born October 16, 1T41, in Sherborn, died September 8, 1818. Seven 
children. 

4. Eli 8 Richardson, August 4, 1749— October 2, 1752. 

5. Abijah 6 Richardson, August 30, 1752 — May 10, 1822, married Mercy Daniels, (December 16, 1755 — 

March 2, 1854). He practiced medicine in Medway, was surgeon on General Washington's staff 
and a member of the Society of the Cincinnati. (Morse's Hherborn arid HollUton, 209.) 

1. Betsey 7 Richardson (April 2, 1773 — March 24, 1852), married, 1793, Captain Lewis Wheeler 
(November, 1767— November 7, 1842). 

1. Jason 8 Wheeler, August 1794— October, 1795. 

2. Eliza 8 Wheeler (August 1797— February 3, 1877), married November 2, 1820, Rev. 

Sewall Harding (March 20, 1793— April 12, 1876), Union Coll. 1818, minister at 
Waltham and Medway, and Secretary of the Congregational Board of Publica- 
tion. Six children, including : 

1. John Wheeler" Harding, born October 12, 7821, Yale 1845, Andover Theo. 
Sem. 1848, minister since 1850 at Congregational Church. Long Meadow, 
married December 29, 1852, Mehetabel Pratt Lane. Five children, among 
them Grace 10 Harding, who married June 26, 1884, William B. Medlicott. 
3. Eliza Mercy 9 Harding, born December 24, 1826, married October 16, 1852, 
Rev. Augustus Walker, born October 30, 1322, Yale 1849, Andover 1852. 
Six children. Mr. Walker went to Syria as a missionary {Furiiari 
Htcorder, July 13, 1854), and died at Diarbekr, September 13, 1866. Mrs. 
Walker has established at Auburndale, Mass., a training school for 
missionary children. 



Thomas 1 ; Mary 2 ; Abielle 3 . 17 



5. William Greenough 9 Harding, born August 5, 1834, married January 27, 

1861, Nancy P. Campbell. Five children. 

6. Harriet Bethiah 9 Harding, born September 15, 1836, married April 15, 

1857, Rev. William F. Williams, a missionary of the American Board. 
She died on missionary ground December 25, 1857. 

3. Mercy Daniels 8 Wheeler (May, 1799— November 11, 1821), married May 16, 1820, 

Rev. Jasper Adams, D. D., (August 27, 1793— October 25, 1841), Brown Univ. 
1815, President of Charleston, S. O, College and of Geneva College, N. Y. (189). 

4. Jonathans Wheeler, born April 1801, died a college student, December 11, 1817. 

5 Lewis 8 Wheeler (August 1803 — September 9, 1872), a physician at Cambridgeport, 
Mass., married May, 1828, Catherine Adams. 

6. Betsey Richardson 8 Wheeler, born February, 1805. married January, 1828, Willard 

Fisher. Residence, Franklin, Mass. 

7. Abijah Richardson 8 Wheeler (June, 1807— April 16, 1878.) Lived at East Medway. 

li children, including : 

1. Jemima Adams" Wheeler, wife of James Amorv Gale, At. D., of West 

Medway . 

2. Amy" Wheeler, wife of Albert H. Thwing, oi Holliston. 

4. Eveline F. 9 Wheeler, wife of Frank E. Fisher, of Pueblo, Col. 

7. Nellie E. 9 Wheeler, wife of Edwin H.» Ellis (22), of Medfield. 

8. Jennie L. 9 Wheeler, wife of Horace Kern, of Connecticut. 

9. Bessie 9 Wheeler, wife of Charles Alden, of Hyde Park, Mass. 
11. Afartha 9 Wheeler, wife of Irving Jtahr, of West Roxbury. 

8. Abigail Ann 8 Wheeler, born March 1813, married October 28, 1835, Paul Baxter 

Clark ; reside Franklin, Mass. 

9. Bethia Scammell 8 Wheeler, born October, 1815, married December 1840, Henry 

Bullard ; reside Holliston. 

2. Joseph 7 Richardson, born April 24, 1775, married Amy (or Anna), daughter of Oliver and 

Elizabeth (Adams) Adams. Eight children. Residence East Medway. 

3. Abijah 7 Richardson, born November 21, 1781, married Olive 7 Pond (58). Four children. 

4. Mercy 7 Richardson, born May 2, 1783, married John Stedman. Residence Holliston. 

6. Abigail 7 Richardson, born July 31, 1787, married Asa Thayer, and January 1, 1829, Zech- 

ariah 7 Lovell. (See below.) 

7. Tryphena 7 Richardson, born June 9, 1794, married Joseph Perry Leland. Residence 

Sherborn. 

8. Jeremiah Daniels 7 Richardson (April 13. 1796 — Afarch 17, 1875), married Lorana, daughter 

of Asa and Olive (Cheney) Beals, of Milford. 

1. Francis Daniels 8 Richardson, born May 1, 1821, married Betsey Fisher Bullard, 

and June 7, 1856, Laura Ann (Bullard) Abbott. Reside Woodside, Long Island. 
Children : Edward Francis 9 Richardson, of Corona, L. I , horn October 17, 
1843, married Maggie Lawrence ; and Jeremiah Daniels 9 Richardson of Corona, 
born December 4, 1845, married Wilhelmina Augusta Ward. 

2. Clarissa Hawes 8 Richardson, born July 13, 1824, married June 28, 1847, William 

Wallace Leland. Reside Sherborn, Mass. 

3. Charles Lewis 8 Richardson, born May 14. 1838. Residence Boston. 

6. Hephzibah 6 Richardson, January 30, 1755 — September 23, 1759. 

7. Mary 6 Richardson, November 14, 1757 — September 17, 1759. 

8. Ezra 6 Richardson (Atarch 17, 1760— February 2, 1843), married 1786, Jemima, daughter of Joseph 

and Jemima (Adams) Lovell, (June 5, 1767 — October 31, 1826). Ezra married November 15, 
1827, Airs. Lavinia (Daniels) Daniels (January 16, 1777— September 7, 1838). Six children, 
including : 

1. Joseph Lovell 7 Richardson (March 29, 1787 — November 8, 1880), member of General Court 

and State Senate, married June 20, 1811, Pearlee, daughter of Simeon and Elizabeth 
(Jones) Richardson. Residence, East Medway. 

1. Elizabeth 8 Richardson, born August 14, 1812, married Adams Daniels. 

2 Jemima 8 Richardson, born AIarch20, 1814, married Lyman Beecher Larkin, M. D. 

3. Joseph Lovell 8 Richardson (July 11, 1815— February 13, 1885), married Sylvia 

Pond Partridge. Five children, including: 

1. George Lovell 9 Richardson, born March 9, 1838, married Amelia Butler 

Boyd, daughter of Gen. Amos Hayes and Rachael (Butler) Boyd ; and 
Alice Amelia, daughter of Jesse Howard and Louisa (Ford) Giles. Two 
children. 

2. Joseph Henry 9 Richardson, born June 7, 1840, married Annie Eliza, 

daughter oi" Rev. Dr. Joshua Thomas Tucker. Three children. 

3. Ellen Maria 9 Richardson, born May 3, 1842, married Casper Lavater 

Russell. 

4. Stephen Baxter 8 Richardson, born July 15, 1818, married Laurette Newton Howe. 

Reside Nashua, N. H. Two surviving children are Jane Elizabeth 9 , wife of 
James E. Atuir, and Laura Alice 9 , wife of George H. Aloulton, of Dorchester. 

2. Jemima 7 Richardson, born November 30, 1788, married April 21, 1808, Hon. Nathan Jones, 

of Medway. Four children. 

3. Abigail 7 Richardson, born December 14, 1790, married Aaron Willard 6 Wight (405). 

4. Ezra 7 Richardson, born February 16, 1793, married Mary Goodell. Reside Natick. 

5. Sarah 7 Richardson (September 24, 1796— August 12, 1834), married April 25, 1821, Rev. 

Alvan Bond, D. D., of Aledway (April 28, 1793— July 19, 1882), Brown Univ. 1815, Andover 
1818, Professor in Bangor Theo. Sem., author of Illustrated History of the Bible. Among 
their children were : 

2. Abigail 8 Bond, born October 28, 1823, wife of William Adriance, of Poughkeepsie. 

5. William 8 Bond, born April 9, 1828, married Nannie E. Day. Lives in New York. 

6. Frank Stewart 8 Bond, born February 1, 1830. Resides in New York. 

7. Henry Richardson 8 Bond, born May 2, 1832, married Alary V. Ripley. Resides in 

New London, Conn. 

8. Louisa Waters 8 Bond, born July 15, 1834, wife of Stephen B. Aleech, of Norwich, 

Conn. 

2. Bathsheba 5 Barber, born April 7, 1722. 

3. George 5 Barber, born July 1, 1724, chosen deacon 1756, married Elizabeth, daughter of Edward and 

Hannah (Adams) Clark. They resided in East Medway. Among their seven children were : 

1. George 6 Barber (December 21, 1743— July 10, 1882). He married Bethia (1750— February 19, 1815), 
daughter of Thomas and Bethia (Whitney) Jones. They resided in East Medway. Among 
their ten children were : 



1 8 The Wights. 



1. Seneca 7 Barber (November 15. 1770— September SO, 1856), wife Nancy Boyden, of Walpole, 

Mass. Their youngest child Eliza s Barber, married January 10, 1839, Israel Daniels 
Fuller. Thev were the parents of George I. 9 Fuller, of Springfield, Mass.: of Emma 
E.» Fuller, wife of Edwin Handel Holbrook, of Washington, D. C; and of Ehoda D. 9 
Fuller, wife of George Francis Holbrook, of East Medway. 

2. George 7 Barber (September 10, 1772— December 28, 1S50), married Sally Orne (who died 

1803), and Lois Whiting. They lived in Medwav. A daughter Harriet 8 , born May 29, 
1810, married February 2S, 1830, William White, and September 24, 1854, William Hiram 
Cary, below. Another daughter. Louisa W.s Barber, born November 21, 1813, married 
October 2, 1S34, Alexander Le Baron Monroe, M. D., and had a son Francis Le Baron 
Monroe, M. D., Williams 1857, a druggist in Chicago. 
2. Mary 6 Barber (October 18, 1745 — November 14. 1832), married Ebenezer Knowlton and Nathaniel 
Lovell (1747 — June 29, 1829). Among her children were : 

2. Michael 7 Lovell, born July 15, 1779, married April 27, 1S0S, Caty, daughter of Moses and 

Abigail (Adams) Daniels." Lived at East Medway. Six daughters, the eldest of whom, 
Lydia Daniels 8 Lovell (February 27, 1810 — 1S53), "married December 8, 1828, said William 
Hiram Cary, who died in Medway, June 1888, and had, among others, Mary Adelaide 9 
Cary, wife of Rev. Ellery Channi'ng Butler, of Beverly; and Henry Grattan 9 Cary, of 
Milwaukee, Wis. This last, born April 16, 1850, married Nora W. Wood, of Wellsboro, 
Pa., and had Jessie Lovell 10 , Lucy Gertrude 10 , Paul 10 and Winifred Rebecca 10 Cary. 

3. Zechariah 7 Lovell, born November 2, 1783, married Sibyl Plimpton (86, Note 1), (1782 — 

January 20, 1828), and Mrs. Abigail 7 (Richardson) Thayer, see above. 

1. Marv 8 Lovell, born Februarv 24, 1808, married Charles Cheever. Resided in Cin- 

cinnati, Ohio. She died 1881. 

2. Asahel Plimpton 8 Lovell, born February 4, 1811, married Eliza Stedman. Lived 

in East Medway. 

3. William 8 Lovell, "born February 28, 1813. Resided Quincy, Wis. 

4. Edward 8 Lovell, born March 4, 1816. ResidSU Savannah, Geo. 

5. Maria 8 Lovell, born July 21, 1817, married Alford Baker. Resided West Dedham. 

6. Nathaniel 8 Lovell, born March 19, 1820, married Hopestill Neale. Resided Savan- 

nah, Geo. 

7. Ellen Sibyl s Lovell, born January 13, 1828, married Thaddeus Morse Daniels. 

Resided East Medway. Thaddeus had first married Sarah Ann 7 Wight (950). 

8. Francis Alexander 8 Lovell, born June 5, 1830, married Laura A. Thwing. Resided 

Holliston, Mass. 

6. Ruth* Barber, born March 5, 1695, married 1730, Henrv Smith, husband of her cousin Mary 4 Adams, (20, 

46, Note 2.) 

1. Ruth 5 Smith, born 1730, married 1752, Samuel Turner, of Medfield. Many descendants. 

2. Moses 5 Smith, born 1732, settled in Walpole ; he married Patience 5 Hamant (16) in 1762. 

3. Asa 5 Smith, born 1740, settled in Walpole. 

7. Thomas 4 Barber, born May 2, 1698, died 1705. 

8. Elizabeth 4 Barber, born July 6, 1700, married in 1722, Jonathan Battelle, of Dedham. 

9. Mary 4 Barber, born May 26. 1703. 

Note. As to all the Richardsons above, see Vinton's Richardson memorial, 728, et seq.; see also PattT 6 Wight 
(399, Note). 

22. Samuel 3 Ellis (Mary-, Thomas 1 ), born November 9, 1664, married Deborah (1675- 
1740), youngest child of Alexander Lovell, of Medfield. Samuel settled on the Ellis home- 
stead in Medfield, which he inherited by paving legacies to his sisters. He died in 1712. 
(Tilden's Medfield, 378.) 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Samuel* Ellis. 1694-1695. 

2. Samuel 4 Ellis (1696-1778), married, 1724, Sarah Adams (1704-1733) and January 20, 1735, Miriam 4 Partridge (37) 

who died childless March 27, 1768. Samuel inherited the paternal estate. Five children, including: 

1. Sarah 5 Ellis (1725-1771) married, 1752, Jonathan Allen (1726-1807) devisee of homestead of Mary 4 Wight 

(68). Three children. 

2. Samuel 5 Ellis (1727-1779) married, 1754, Sarah (September 28, 1729-1823) daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah 

(Cooledge) Morse. Nathaniel (1685-1778) was son of Joseph and Priscilla (Colburn) Morse (7, Note 2; 
Morse's Memorial of the Morses, 4). Nine children ; onlv one, the sixth, married as follows : 

6. George 6 Ellis (1763-1808) of Medfield, married, 1786, Martha Chaloner (1758-1794): and in 1795 
Meriel Fuller (1764-1796) of Newton ; and in 1797 Deborah Baker (1760-1848) of Dedham. 

1. Betsey 7 Ellis (1787-1863), married, 1809, Hinsdale 6 Fisher (99) of Medfield. 

2. John 7 Ellis (1788-1785), married, 1815, Mary A. Cox of Dorchester. Four children in- 

cluding: 

1. Samuel 8 Ellis, born 1818, married, 1845, Martha, daughter of Jesse Ellis of Wal- 

pole. Eight children, including : 

2. George H. 9 Ellis, born 1848, married in 1869, Sarah Dale, who died 1884; 

and in 1886 Elizabeth Shaw. A printer and publisher in Boston ; he 
published William S.» Tilden's History of Medfield in 1887. 

3. Edwin H. 9 Ellis, born 1850, married, July 23, 1874, Nellie E. 9 Wheeler (31). 

2. John 8 Ellis, 1820-1846, Harvard 1842. 

3. Patty 7 Ellis, born 1790, married (intentions filed April 29, 1815) John Baker, Jr., of Ded- 

ham. 

4. George 7 Ellis, born 1792, married May 6, 1818, Catherine Whiting and lived in Dedham. 

3. Rachel 5 Ellis, born 1729, married. 1750, Seth Marsh and went to Sturbridge. 

3. Thomas 4 Ellis, born 1698, moved to Natick where he died, 1747 ; married, 1725, Elizabeth, daughter of Joshua 

and Elizabeth (Penniman) Morse. (Morse's Memorial of the Morses, 41; Vinton's Vinton Memorial, 353.) Joshua 
(1677-1749) was son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Wood) Morse (7, Note 2). 

1. Kezia 5 Ellis, born 1726, married 1745, Daniel 5 Chickenng (47) of Dedham. 

2. Thomas 5 Ellis (1735-1768), married, December 29, 1761, Mrs. Mehetabel Fisher of Dedham. 

4. Deborah 4 Ellis, born 1700, married, 1725, Joseph Draper of Dedham. 

5. Lydia 4 Ellis, 1702-1723. 

6. Timothy 4 Ellis (1704-1734), married, 1730, Hannah Adams, settled in Medwav. 

7. Marv 4 Ellis, 1706-1753. 

8. Sarah 4 Ellis (1708-1781), married, 1728, Seth Partridge, (39, Note) (1706-1768) of Medfield, whose son Abel 5 Par- 

tridge (1739-1814), by wife Miriam, had a daughter Miriam 6 Partridge, wife of Asa 5 Wight (202). 

9. Abigail 4 Ellis born 1711, married, November 11, 1731, Jonathan of Dedham. So in Hill's Dedham 

Records I, 57. 



Thomas 1 ; Mary 2 ; Patience 3 , Joanna 3 ; Samuel 2 , Samuel 3 . 19 



24. Patience 3 Ellis (Mary", Thomas 1 ), born February 22, 1668, married December 10, 
1691, Henry Adams (189, Note), born October 29, 1663, brotber of Jonathan, who married 
Mary 3 Ellis (20). After the death of Patience in Medfield in 1695, Henry and his little family 
moved to Canterbury, Conn. Patience's children, born in Medfield, were: Daniel 1 Adams, 
born 1692, and Hannah 4 Adams, born 1694. 

27. Joanna 3 Ellis (Mary 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 17, 1677, married December 7, 1698, 
Nathaniel Rockwood (February 23, 1665— September 24, 1721). (18, Note 1.) The family 
removed from Medfield to Wrentham about 1704, and Nathaniel became deacon of the church 
there. The year of Nathaniel's death is given 1726 by some authorities. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Margaret 4 Rockwood. "born September 4, 1699, married July 11, 1732, Ebenezer Metcalf (179, Note 2). 

2. Deacon Nathaniel- 1 Rockwood, born December 9, 1700; married December 19, 1727, Margaret, daughter of John 

Phipps of Wrentham, son of John Phipps, who was brother of Sir William Phipps, governor of Massachu- 
setts Bay. Sir William and John were sons of James Phipps, of Bristol, Eng., who was father of 5 daugh- 
ters and 21 sons. (Morse's Sherborn and Hollislon, 195). 

1. Nathaniel 3 Rockwood, born in Wrentham, November 16, 1728. 

2. Amos 5 Rockwood, born August 9, 1730. 

3. Asa 5 Rockwood, born February 5, 1733. 

4. Mary 5 Rockwood, born September 3, 1747, at Winchester, N. H., married Noah Cook of Keene, N, H. 

3. Benjamin* Rockwood (March 28, 1702-3— October, 1774), married December 19, 1727, Mehetabel Thompson, 

who died June 28, 1744, leaving 5 children. He married second, January 9, 1744-5, Ruth Man, (January 15, 
1720— November 11, 1811) daughter oi Thomas and Hannah (Aldis) Man, and grand-daughter of Rev. Samuel 
Man (Register XIII, 326), of Wrentham. Benjamin had 11 children including : 

1. ICeziah 5 Rockwood (November 13, 1729— May 8, 1790), married, January 8, 1758, Francis Daniels. 

3. Mehetabel 5 Rockwood, born October 25, 1734, married, December 8, 1751, Timothy Richardson. 

5. Lois 5 Rockwood, born June 4, 1744, married Eleazar 5 Partridge (43). 

6. Samuel 5 Rockwood. born May 19, 1746, married Sarah Richardson. 

7. Timothy 5 Rockwood, born March 14, 1747-8, married Sarah Phillips. 

8. Elisha 5 Rockwood, born October 8, 1750, died December 1, 1831, married Eunice Clark. 

10. Rachel 5 Rockwood, born April 26, 1756, married Elisha 5 Bullard (43). 

11. Eunice 5 Rockwood, born July 31, 1758, married Samuel Blake. 

4. Abigail 4 Rockwood, born January 2, 1703-4, died young. 

5. Ebenezer 1 Rockwood, born November 2, 1705, perhaps died young. 

6. Hannah 4 Rockwood, born October 9, 1707, married, November 11, 1735, Thomas Lawrence. 

7. Mary 4 Rockwood, born October 17, 1709, married an Alexander ol Winchester, N. H. 

S. Thomas 4 Rockwood, born February 25, 1711-12, married, March 15, 1737-8, Abigail McCay. Seven children. 

9. Abigail 4 Rockwood, born June 8, 1714, married Josiah Blake. Residence Wrentham. 

10. Elisha 4 Rockwood, born June 11, 1716, a clothier and farmer, moved from Wrentham to Groton, where he died 

December 5, 1788. He married August 18, 1738, Elizabeth Adams (September 4, 1719— May 16, 1799). Thirteen 

children, including : 

2. Elisha 5 Rockwood, born November 9, 1740, died February, 1831, married in 1771, Abigail Stone of Gro- 

ton. They moved to Chesterfield, N. H. and were parents of Rev. Elisha" Rockwood, D. D., born in 
Chesterfield, May 9, 1778, Dartmouth, 1802, minister at Westboro, Mass., and Swanzey, N. H. Dr. 
Rockwood married October 2 (or 5), 1809, Susanna Bridgman Purkman. She died at Westboro, 
June 4, 1836, and February 21, 1838. he married Mrs. Emily Herrick, daughter of Abel Wilder of 
Ke,ene, N. H. (Blake's Mendon Association, 164). For his portrait see Morse's Sherborn and Holliston, 
224. Among his children were William Otis 7 Rockwood, born February 12, 1814, who married 
Helen Mar More of Quincy, 111., and settled in Indianapolis, Ind; Susanna Brigham 7 Rockwood, 
born October 1, 1815, who married Deacon Christopher C. Denny, of Keene, N. H.; and Hannah 
Abigail 7 Rockwood, born February 1, 1817, who married Dexter Brigham, Jr., of Harnden & Co.'s 
Express, and resided in San Francisco, Cal. (Morse's Brigham Family, 33). 

4. Joseph 5 Rockwood, born June 13, 1744, married Sarah Richardson. 

7. Abigail 5 Rockwood, born August 13, 1751, married Ebenezer Wood, died childless 1825. 

9. Samuel 5 Rockwood, born December 6, 1754, died May 29, 1804, married Lucy Hubbard. Seven children. 

10. Elizabeth 5 Rockwood, born April 17, 1757, died December 11, 1847, married' Deacon Amos Farnsworth, 

and had, with three other children, Dr. Amos and Dr. Ralph 6 Farnsworth. 

11. Lydia 5 Rockwood, born August 23, 1759, married Abigail Wood of Westminster, Mass. 

12. Sybil 5 Rockwood, born August 11, 1761, died 1818, married David How of Sudbury. Five children. 

13. Sarah 5 Rockwood, born July 3, 1763, married Stephen Horsley oi Pepperell, Mass. Two sons. 

Note. The statement above that James Phipps had twenty-six children is upon the authority of Mather 
(Magnalia I, 167), who adds that they were all the offspring of one mother. The statement is accepted unques- 
tioned in Bowen's Life of Sir William Phipps, 7, (in series of Sparks' Library of Am. Biog.); in American Cyclopaedia, 
XIII, 448: in Appleton's Cyclopaedia of Am. Biog., IV, 765 ; in Drake's Diet, of Am. Biog., 715, and in Allen's Am. 
Biog. Diet., 660. The statement is doubted by Savage (Gen. Diet., Ill, 419), who was always suspicious of Mather. 

29. Samuel 3 Wight (Samuel 3 , Thomas 1 ), born November 11, 1665, was a weaver by trade, 
and is known in Medfield records as Sergeant. He built opposite his father, near the pres- 
ent residence of Mr. William C. Allen, North St., Medfield, His proportion of the Black 
Swamp, Medway, upon its division in 1702, was 4 rods, 12 feet. He was selectman of Med- 
field in 1707 and 1728. (Tilden's Medfield, 513). He married May 10 (or 12, record obscure) 1687, 
Mary Pratt of Medfield, born January 24, 1663. She died September 5, 1743, Samuel died 
August 20, 1745, — both in Medfield. His will, made April 17, 1743, giving his homestead to 
his two daughters, was probated September 10, 1745, his daughter Mary being executrix. 

CHILDEEN. 

68.— 1. Mary, born in Medfield, May 19, 1689. 
69.-2. Hannah, born in Medfield, December 6, 1691. 

Note 1. Reproduction of the signature to his will : 



&%*ujM -kriy*t 



20 



The^Wights. 



Note 2. The Pratts : John Pratt of Dorchester, made his will 3:1: 1640 ; and died before 27 : 11 : 1647. See 
his will Register VII, 36. His son, John Pratt, moved to Medfield in 1655. and married, in 1661, Rebecca Colburn of 
Dedham, sister of the wife of Joseph^ Wight (9). John died in 1707. His second child Mary, married Samuel 
Wight, as above. His third child John (1665—1714) married in 1691, Sarah Batchelder, and had a son, also John, 
a joiner by trade, and deacon of the Medfield church. This last John (1692— May 22, 1758) married first Mehetabel 
Mason, who died in 1745, and second Hannah 1 (Wight) Ellis («9). Of the first marriage was a daughter Sarah, who 
married Seth* Wight (97). 

30. Hannah 3 Wight {Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born February 4, 1667, married a Thompson, as 
her father's will discloses. Nothing further known. 



70.— 1. 


Benjamin, born 


71— 2. 


Jabez, born 


78.-3. 


Silvanus, born 


73.-4. 


Jemima, born 


74—5. 


Anne, born 


75.-6. 


Sarah, born 


76—7, 


Samuel, born 



33. Benjamin 3 Wight {Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 30, 1674, was a resident of Provi- 
dence, R. I., on October 26, 1715, at which date he purchased from James Clarke of New- 
port, R. I., a farm in what afterwards became Scituate, R. I. Here Benjamin passed his 
life. On January 8, 1719, he bought for £30 from Thomas King a half share of land, appar- 
ently in Providence. He owned other lands also, some of which he deeded to his son Ben- 
iamin, April 17, 1727. A part or all of his homestead he deeded to his sons Silvanus and Sam- 
uel, in 1733. He and his brother-in-law, Peter Barnes, sold to Thomas Angell, for £250, 198 
acres in Providence. His date of marriage to Sarah Barnes and the birth dates of his chil- 
dren are not found. The descendants of this family are often disguised as Whites and have 
cost me infinite trouble to find. Benjamin's will was made February 9, 1743, and he died in 
Scituate, July 28-, 1755. _ His will was probated August 25, 1752, the estate inventorying £ 246. 
The widow was then living. The children are mentioned in the order of the will: 

CHILDREN. 



was living unmarried in 1749. 



Note 1. Scituate was set off from Providence in 1780. (Beaman's Scituate, 10). 

Notes. Rev. Thomas Barnes was minister of the Second Baptist Church, Swanzey, Mass., from 1693 until 
his death, June 8, 1706. His will, proved July 3,1706, gives "to daughter Sarah, wife to Benjamin Wight, at 
Providence, 10 s, they having had part." Sarah was born in Swanzey, August 27, 1672. See Austin's Gen. Diet, 
of JR. J., at word Barnes. 

34. Abigail 3 Wight {Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 8, 1676, married a Randall, as is 
shown by her father's will. She probably was the as yet unknown wife of Stephen Randall, 
of Westerly, R. I., and Stonington, Conn., who was born at Westerly about 1668. Stephen's 
first child Abigail was born December 20, 1698; and his second child Samuel was born May 
19,1701. (Randall's Randall genealogy, 16). This family does not seem to have been traced 
later than Stephen's grandchildren. 

35. Joseph 3 Wight {Samuel, 2 Thomas 1 ), born September 7, 1679, inherited his father's 
homestead and buildings on North St., Medfield. His portion of the Black Swamp, Medway, 
upon its division in 1702, was 3 rods, 3 feet. (Jameson's Medway, 40). The surname of his 
wife Mercy has thus far eluded most diligent search. She died January 31, 1724, in Medfield, 
where her children were born. Joseph was married in Boston, February 15, 1725, by Sam- 
uel Checkley, Esq., to Mrs. Martha Thayer of Bellingham, Mass. To this town he removed 
in 1729, selling his Medfield estate. His name appears, November 23, 1737, in the first list of 
members of Bellingham Baptist church, of which he was one of the deacons. He died 
October 25, 1758, his widow died October 14, 1759 — both in Bellingham. The administration 
upon Mrs. Wight's estate, granted March 15, 1760, discloses that she had a daughter who was 
married to Jonathan Thompson. 

CHILDREN. 

77 1, Mercy, born November 6, 1702. 

78. — 2. Joseph, born January 14, 1704. 

79.-3. Samuel, born March 8, 1707, died in Medfield, August 14, 1708. 

80. — 4. Rebecca (Rebekah in record), born June 2, 1709, nothing known. 

81.— 5. Keziah, born November 22, 1712, died in Medfield, November 11, 1717. 

83.-6. Elnathan, born December 23, 1715. 

83. — 7. Martha, born September 18, 1718. 

84 8. Keziah, born January 25, 1724. 

36. Jonathan 3 Wight {Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 11, 1682, married December 
14, 1704, Margaret Fairbanks of Medfield, born January 5, 1685. They settled in the north- 
west part of Medfield on the road to Death's Bridge. The cellar of their house is still visible 
near the railroad crossing. (Tilden's Medfield, 513). Jonathan was selectman of Medfield in 
1740. His will was made May 1, 1770, he died February 19, 1779, and his will was approved 
April 9, 1779. He appointed his son Benjamin, and son-in-law Eleazar Allen, his executors. 
His estate inventoried £ 823. His children were born in Medfield. His widow died in 
Dover, Mass., October 31, 1787, in her 103d year. This couple had lived in the married state 
almost 75 years. 



Thomas 1 ; Ephraim*; Lydia 3 . 21 

CHILDREN. 

85. — 1. Jonathan, born October 11, 1705. 

86.-2. John, born August 12, 1708. 

87.-3. Samuel, born November 3, 1711. 

88. — 4. Phebe, born December 14, 1713. 

89. — 5. Asa, born November 18, 1712, died in Medfield, September 29, 1742, probably unmarried. 

90 6. Benjamin, born June 5, 1720. 

91.— 7. Aaron, born November 18, 1722, died in Medfield, September 28, 1736. 

92.-8. William, born November 2, 1725. 

93.-9. Margaret, born December 16, 1729. 

Note. The Dedham Fairbanks family : The early progenitors came probably from Sowerby, Yorkshire, 
England (Register VII, 303). John and Jonathan Fairbanks were brothers. 

1. John Fairbanks, brought from England, it is said, only a daughter, Mary, who April 2, 1644, married 

Michael Metcalf. Nothing more is heard of this John. (Savage's Gen. Diet. II, 136 ; Hill's Dedham 
Records I, 126). The house built by him iu Dedham with materials brought from England, which 
house still remains, is pictured in Appleton's Cyclopaedia of Am. Biog., II., 400. See also an article by 
B. J. Lossing in Potter's American Monthly, VII, 241. Michael and Mary had a daughter Mary Metcalf, 
born August 15, 1646, who, December 10, 1668, married Capt John Ware, of Dedham. (153, Note 1.) 
This last had a son John Ware, father of Rebecca Ware. Rebecca married William Poffer, whose son 
William Poffer had a daughter Molly Puffer, wife of Daniel 5 Wight (334). 

2. Jonathan Fairbanks, with his wife Grace, was of Dedham, where he died December 5, 1668, (Hill's 

Dedham Recwds, I, 11). See his will Register XIX, 32. Their oldest son John married 16:1:1641, Sarah 
Fiske, who died November 26, 1683. John died November 13. 1684. John's son Benjamin, born Feb- 
ruary 17, 1661, had by wife Mary, a son Benjamin, born July 6, 1695, who married in Dorchester Feb- 
ruary 8. 1721-2, Abigail Ellis, of Dedham. This last Benjamin had a son Captain David Fairbanks, 
who married Anna 11 Wight (239). The second son of Jonathan and Grace, George Fairbanks by 
name, moved about 1657 to Medfield. He married 26:8:1646, Mary Adams of Dedham, and he died 
January 10, 1682. His oldest son also a George was born May 26, 1650, and was one of the founders 
of Medway. By his wife Susanna he was father of Margaret Fairbanks, above. A brother of Mar- 
garet, George Fairbanks, born October 2, 1694, married Sarah Harding, and had a son Jonas, of Med- 
way, who married 1745, Experience Leland, of Sherborn. Their oldest child Miriam Fairbanks, 
married Daniel 5 Wight (234). Jonas, the third son of Jonathan and Grace Fairbanks, was prosecuted 
in 1652 for wearing great boots, he not being worth £200. (Register VI, 80). 

37. Lydia Wight 3 (Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ) , born March 14, 1669, married November 24, 1686, 
Nathaniel Partridge (39, Note). He was a weaver and seems to have lived, in 1692, not far 
from where the North School house, Medfield, now stands. He was selectman 1708, 1713 ; 
town treasurer 1709, 1710, and kept school in 1713 and 1722. He willed his estate to his son 
Edward (Tilden's Medfield, 449). He died March 25, 1741, his widow died October 30, 1741 — 
both in Medfield. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Lydia 4 Partridge (October 3, 1687— January 20, 177S),'married 1717, Nathaniel Smith, born 1684, who died in Stur- 

'bridge, Mass., January 16, 1762. He sold his Medrield property in 1755 to his son Elisha. Nathaniel's first 
wife was Mary* Clark (16, 46, Note 2). 

1. Lydia 5 Smith (1721— October 14, 1803), married in 1744, John Marsh, who died in Sturbridge aged 
. 69. April 2, 1788. A son Silas 6 Marsh, born May 13, 1747, a revolutionary soldier, died in Sturbridge 

Julie 3, 1886 (Davis' Sturbridge and Southbridge, 93). He married Deliverance, born July 31, 1757, 
daughter of Deacon Daniel Fiske, first town clerk of Sturbridge, by his wife Deliverance Brown, of 
Weston. For the marriages of Silas' daughters Lucinda 7 , Lydia 7 and Sarah 7 Marsh, see 904, 925, 
927. A sister of Silas 6 Marsh, Molly 6 (September 17, 1763— September 20, 1840), married John 6 
Plimpton, below, (July 18, 1761— August 20, 1817). Their son John 7 Plimpton (September 9, 1790— 
January 18. 1864), a farmer in Sturbridge, married Millicent Fiske, and had a daughter Matilda 
Fiske 8 Plimpton, born March 11, 1832, who is the wife of Levi Badger Chase, of Sturbridge, author of 
the Genealogy of the Plimpton family. 

2. Deborah 5 Smith (1723— February 20, 1787), married 1745, Colonel Daniel Plimpton (86, Note 1), (January 

9,1720-1 — June 10, 1777), of Sturbridge. She married second January 4, 1779, Aaron* Allen (40). 
For her remote descendants in detail see Chase's Plimpton family. 

1. Lieut. Elijah 6 Plimpton (June 30, 1747— October 25, 1817), married 1769, Mary Cheney. Their 

son Elisha 7 , born December 19, 1771, who married Bathsheba Hitchcock, was thefather of 
Billings Otis 8 Plitnpton, born March 7, 1799, a pioneer Methodist minister in Northeastern 
Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, residing in 1883, at Orrville, Ohio. 

2. Capt. Elias 6 Plimpton (March 2, 1749— October 30, 1818), a Sturbridge farmer, married Lydia 

Blashfield and Anna Weld. 
6 John 6 Plimpton, an incorporator of the Sturbridge manufacturing company, whose factory 
was the first on the Quinebaug river in Sturbridge and Southbridge. He married, as above 
Mollv 6 Marsh. 

3. Elisha 5 Smith (1726-1760), married 1751, Sibyl Hamant (1731-1807), of Medfield. 

1. Sibyl 6 Smith (1759-1812), married 1786, Gilbert Corson, of Medway. 

1. Sibyl 7 Corson, who died 1820, married 1805, Jesse Johnson (1784-1805), and in 1809 
Josiah Cheney (1786-1864), of Medfield. 

1. Hephzibah 8 Cheney, born 1810, married Daniel Monk, of Sharon. 

2. Sarah A. 8 Cheney, born 1813, married 1834, Benjamin Hewins, of Sharon, born 

October 9, 1812. (Morse's Hewins family. 175). 

3. Sibyl M. 8 Cheney (1816-1881), unmarried. 

4. Miriam Waite 8 Cheney, born June 29, 1820, married Februarv 19, 1852 Deacon 

Milton Daniels (January 9, 1816— March 3, 1871), of Medway." 

4. Mary 5 Smith, born 1729, died same year. 

2. Nathaniel* Partridge, October 13, 1689— February 1, 1718. 

3. Elisha* Partridge, January 10, 1691— May 6, 1712. 

4. Deborah* Partridge (October 12, 1694—1723), married Zechariah 1 Barber (21). 

5. Sarah* Partridge, born January 5, 169^, nothing known. 

6. Mary* Partridge (March 9, 1700—1762), married November 12, 1786, Samuel Ellis (1697-1751), of Medfield, his 

third wife. Upon his death she became the fourth wife of Deacon Ephraim Wheelock (17, Note), of Med- 
field. Having died childless she willed £8 to be improved for the use of the public schools, and £6.6:8 
for the use of the ministry. 



22 The Wights. 



7. Miriam* Partridge (March 9, 1700— March 27, 1768), married January 20, 1735, Samuel' Ellis (1696- 177b) , of 

Medfield (88). No children. 
3. Ephrairn 4 Partridge, born February 25, 1702, settled iu Medway. 

9. Ruth 1 Partridge, born August 8, 1704, married May 27, 1730, Timothy Tingley, of Attleboro. 

10. Josiah 1 Partridge, born June 4, 1706, removed about 1734 to Mendon. 

11. Anna 1 Partridge, born July 21, 170S, maTried December 2, 1735, Hinsdale Clark (1710-1787), and went to Stur- 

bridge. 

12. Edward 1 Partridge, born September 14, 1710, married, 1733, Sarah Jones. In 1746 he sold his Medrield home to 

John 4 (86) and Jonathan 1 (85) Wight, and located in Wrentham, now Franklin. Five children — all sons. 

13. Nathaniel 4 Partridge, October 22, 1715 — January 24, 1719. 

39. Ephraim 3 Wight (Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 25, 1672, received 2 rods, 11 
feet of the Black Swamp in Medway, upon its division in 1702." (Jameson's Medway, 40). He 
married in Medrield, September 14, 1702, Sarah Partridge, and settled in the north part of 
the town, at the place now owned by Benjamin Franklin 15 Shuinway (040) on Farm street. 
He was living there as early as 1722, and probably some years before. (Tilden's Medfield, 514). 
He was selectman in 1732. His will appointing his son Caleb his executor and heir of his 
homestead, was made January 9, 1743-4; he died in Medfield, February 1, 1743-4, and his 
will was approved February 28, 1743-4. His widow died June 28, 1763, in Medfield, where 
also his children were born. 

CHILDREN. 

94.— 1. Stephen (spelled, also, Steven), born June 21, 1703, died in Medfield, July 2, 1706. 

95. — 2. Sarah, born October, 19, 1706, was living unmarried in Medfield, at her father's death. 

96.-3. Seth, born December 7, 1707, died in Medfield, Mav 4, 1708. 

97. — 4. Seth, born October 9, 1709. 

98.-5. Caleb, born April 21, 1711. 

99.-6. Ruth, born June 23. 1713. 

100.— 7. Mary, born November 10, 1717. 

Note. The Partridges : The ancestry of the brothers William and John Partridge of Medfield, is not ascer- 
tained. 

1. William Partridge had a house lot on North St., Medfield, He married November 19, 1656, Sarah Col- 

burn, born in Dedham, April 15, 1640, sister of the wifeof Joseph 3 Wight, (9). Their son Nathaniel, liorn 
November 18, 1660, married Lydia 3 Wight (37 1: their daughter Sarah, born January 21, 1674, mar- 
ried Ephraim 3 Wight, above : and their son William (1669 — 1750) married Hannah Fisher. William 
and Hannah had a son Seth Partridge (1706—1768) who married Sarah 4 Ellis (22). 

2. John Partridge was in Medfield as early as 1653. He. married December 18, 1655, Magdalen Bullard. 

Their oldest child John (September 21, 1656 — December 9, 1743) married, 1678, Elizabeth, daughter of 
Nicholas and Margaret (Holbrook) Rockwood (18, Note I). John and Elizabeth had a son Benoni 
Partridge (1687 — December 26, 1769), who married Mehetabel, daughter of Samuel, son of Ralph Whee- 
lock (17, Note). Benoni lived in West Medway, and had among others Timothy Partridge, who mar- 
ried Abigail-"' Barber (21) and Moses Partridge (August 28, 1733— October 6, 1804). Moses, who lived in 
Medway, married September 9, 1755, Rachel Thayer, and was the father of Simeon Partridge (February 
28, 1760— January 9, 1832). Simeon, by his wife, Jerusha White, had a son Elihu Partridge, husband 
of Charlotte Wight (404). L'pon the death of Elizabeth (Rockwood) Partridge, John married Eliza- 
beth Adams, and had a son James Partridge (October, 1700 — March 9, 1769), of Medwav, husband of 
Keziah 4 Bullard (43). 
Authorities: Register XIII, 217 ; Tilden's Medfield, 449 ; Jameson's Medway, 506 ; Morse's Sherboni and HollU- 
ton, 187. 

40. Miriam 3 Wight (Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born August 22,1675, married November 4, 
1701, Joseph, born December 19, 1676, son of Joseph and Hannah (Sabin) Allen, of Medfield. 
The elder Joseph was brother of the Mary Allen who married Joseph Clark (16). For a 
view of the early Allen homestead see Tilden's Medfield, 296. Joseph and Miriam settled 
on North St., Medfield, near the Dover line. Miriam died in Sturbridge April 15, 1746; her 
husband died in Medfield, May 25, 1727. 

descendants. 

1. Joseph 4 Allen, born August 17, 1702, succeeded to his father's estate, but sold it in 1738, and removed to Stur- 

bridge. He married Abigail Gold, who died in 1727, and Sarah Parker. Abigail 5 , the eldest of his five chil- 
dren, married in Sturbridge, November 1, 1743, John Stacy, Jr. (Southbridge Journal, July 3, 1879). They 
had a daughter Sarah , born May 26, 1747, in Sturbridge, who married there, January 25, 1770, Peter Belknap. 
Peter and Miriam had a daughter Miriam 7 , who married Alpheus 6 Wight (391). 

2. Miriam 4 Allen, born May 27, 1704, married, 1732, Daniel Thurston, of Marlboro and Sturbridge. 

3. Moses 4 Allen, born September 20, 1708, was one of the first town officers of Sturbridge. (Davis' Sturbridge and 

Southbridge, 12.) 

4. Lydia 4 Allen, born September 25, 1714, history in doubt. 

5. Aaron 4 Allen (February 13, 171G — May 3, 1794), had wife Hannah and lived in Dedham. In 1740 he was in Stur- 

bridge. On January 4, 1779, he married Deborah 5 (Smith) Plimpton, (37). His son, Ithamar 5 Allen, born 
October 9, 1751, married September 30, 1773, Dolly Pyncheon. 

41. Nathaniel 3 Wight (Ephraim 2 , TJwmas 1 ) , born September 12, 1678, married March 
31, 1704, Sarah, born March 7, 1687, daughter of John and Mary (Herring) Ellis ; of Medfield. 
She died childless October 30, 1705. Nathaniel married in Medfield December 30, 1706, Mehet- 
abel Hinsdale (86, Note 1), born 1681, granddaughter of Robert Hinsdale, killed at Bloody 
Brook in 1675. Nathaniel was one of the founders of the town of Medway in 1713, and was 
a selectman in 1715, and 1717. He resided in the southern part of the Old Grant, on the Old 
Mendon road, not far from the Charles River. In 1721 he purchased a large tract of land 
in what is now Thompson, a portion of the first land laid out in Northeastern Connecticut in 
1684. He was the first purchaser of land in the neighborhood of Killingly, Conn. He sold 



Thomas 1 ; Ephraim 2 ; Daniel*, Bethia 3 . 23 



one or two small parcels but must have retained the larger portion many years. This land 
was then debatable ground but was claimed as a part of Killingly. Nathaniel is believed to 
have removed to this land about the time of his purchase. In 1728 when Thompson parish 
of Killingly was erected, Nathaniel was one of the 16 residents whose standing allowed 
them to be voted as pew owners of the meeting house. (Larned's Windham County, I, 317.) 
He does not appear to have been prominent in the affairs- of the parish, and perhaps was 
at this time, and before, a Baptist, as no baptism of Wights appears on the church records. 

In 1735 and again in 1743 Nathaniel and wife deeded Killingly land to their son Levi, and 
in 1743 Nathaniel and wife and their sons Eliphalet, Levi and John, quit claimed by deed (in 
which they were all said to be of Killingly, Conn.) to Ephraim Wheelock, of Medfield, all 
interest in certain Medfield lands. Between 1743 and 1768, Nathaniel and his wife both 
died. In 1768 an agreement among the Wight heirs about a division of their father's 
farm appears upon Killingly records. Levi having previously received his. share of the 
estate takes no part, and the contracting parties are simply Eliphalet, Sarah and Deborah. 
Mehetabel, the daughter, was perhaps dead in 1768, Israel probably died young, John's 
absence from the agreement is unexplained. Eliphalet renounced all right to the north 
half of the farm and the dwelling house. Owing to meagre and ill preserved records and 
other causes, my search for complete data of this family has been difficult and doubtful. 

Nathaniel's four eldest children were born in Medfield, the remainder in Medway. 
John's date of birth, does not, however, appear in either town's records. 

CHILDREN. 

101.— 1. Mehetabel, born October 4, 1707. 

102 — 2. Eliphalet, born April 16. 1711. 

103 — 3. Levi, born October 24, 1712. 

104 — 4. John, born 

105 — 5. Israel, born May 31, 1716, I think died young-. 

106 — 7. Sarah, born August 29, 1718. 

107.— 7. Deborah, born September 8, 1720. 

Note 1. For origin of name Medway, see Register IX, 51. As to Bloody Brook see Register XXXVIII, 334. 
Note 2. For a plat and minuter description of the land purchased by Nathaniel Wight in Thompson, see 
Larned's Windham County, I, 15, 180. 

42. Daniel 3 Wight {Ephraim 2 . Thomas 1 ), born November 19, 1680, married April 18, 
1721, Lydia Eastee. Lydia's ancestry is as yet unascertained. There are evidences of a 
family of Estes and Estey in Stoughton and Dedham in the last century, but I cannot trace 
Lydia Eastee to them. Daniel inherited the original Wight homestead on Green St. , which 
descended from his grandfather Thomas to his father Ephraim. Daniel died in Medfield, 
September 19, 1744. The inventory of his estate accepted June 11, 1745, aggregated £237.2. 
A pair of silver sleeve buttons, belonging to him, has been handed down through five gen- 
erations, and is now owned by his descendant Daniel Porter 8 Wight (2301), of Chicago, 
111. Lydia Wight died in Medfield, January 16, 1748. The children were born there. Daniel 
and Lydia were married in Medfield. 

children. 

108 — 1. Peter, born May 21, 1722. 

109 — 2. Bathsheba, born March 6, 1723, died unmarried in Medfield, January 2, 1760. 

110 — 3. Ephraim, born June 26, 1729. 

Ill — 4. Dinah, born December 1, 1732, died in Medfield, November 1, 1736. 

43. Bethia 3 Wight {Ephraim 2 , Tliomas 1 ), born March 8, 1683, married January 28, 1708, 
in Boston, Malachi, son of Benjamin Bullard, of Sherborn {Boston records). See and correct 
Morse's Sherborn and Holliston,'S6; Jameson's Medway, 457. They lived in Medway. 

descendants. 

1. Malachi* Bullard, born April 27, 1710, married, May 21, 1731, Rachel, born May 26, 1711, daughter of Samuel 
and Rachel (Adams) Hill of Medway. 

1. Isaac 5 Bullard (July 9, 1744— March 18, 1810), married Mary (September 4, 1741— March 12, 1809), daugh- 
ter of Deacon Samuel Fisher of Medway. Among their children were : 

1. Silas Bullard, born January 12, 1767, married Thankful Adams and Experience Oreutt. Lived 

at Wendell, Mass. 

2. Julias Bullard, born May 2, 1768, wife of Elijah Clark. Residence Wendell. 

3. Malachi 6 Bullard, born August 13, 1770, married Polly, born October 29, 1774, daughter of John 

and Tabitha (Adams) Littlefield. (Morse's Sherborn and Holliston, 172). 

1. Elias 7 Bullard, married April 6, 1812, Persis Daniels of Holliston. (Morse's Sherborn and 

Holliston, 72). 

2. Malachi? Bullard (November 4, 1816— May 10, 1849), minister at Winchendon, Mass.; 

married, November 11, 1846, Sabrina 7 Bullard, below. 

3. Appleton 7 Bullard. 

4. Hartwell 7 Bullard of Wrentham. 

4. Rachel« Bullard, born June 29, 1772, married Eli Thurston. Residence Westboro', Mass. 

6. Isaac 6 Bullard, born December 26, 1776, married Peninah Fisher. 

7. Achsah 6 Bullard, born August 21, 1778, married Elihu White. Residence, Franklin, Mass. 

10. Nathan 6 Bullard, born May 19, 1787, married, November, 16, 1814, Nancy Russell, born in Ox- 
ford, Mass., October 19, 1794, daughter of Thomas Russell. 

1. Elizabeth 7 Bullard, born December, 1816, married March 1, 1840, Rev. John H. Garman. 

(Jameson's Medway, 382). 

2. Sabrina 7 Bullard, born March 25, 1820, married Rev. Malachi 7 Bullard, above. 

3. Elmira 7 Bullard, born September 16, 1822, married, November 25, 1841, Simeon Morse 

Cutler. Residence, Holliston. (Morse's Cutler Family, 36). 



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2. Keziah 4 Bullard (December 2, 1711— July 25, 1799), married, January 27, 1729, James Partridge (39, Note) of 
Medway Among the 15 children were : 

5. Lois 5 Partridge, born September 20, 1736, married, July 29, 1756, Benjamin Pond (753, Note), of Wren- 
' tham. A numerous race. (Harris' Pond Genealogy, 48.) 

6. Bethia 5 Partridge, born November 22, 1788, married, March 15, 1759, Seth Hixon. Lived at Stoughton. 

7. Eleazar 5 Partridge, born April 19, 1740, married, 1761, Lois 5 Rockwood (27), of Wrentham. 

8. Lydia 5 Partridge, born December 0, 1743, died aged 97, married Daniel Bullard. Lived, Holliston. 

10. Joel r ' Partridge (February 19, 1748 — February IS, 1S28), married Waitstill Morse. They lived in Med- 
way. Their son Joel" Partridge, born March 1, 1784, was father of Captain Clark? Partridge (45), of 
Medway, born April 1, 1809, and of Stephen" Partridge, born March 12, 1811. Stephen was father 
of Almond G. s Partridge, who married Nellie L.s Kingsbury (949). 
12. Nathan 5 Partridge (March 26, 1751 — May 25, 1785), married Melatiah, daughter of Deacon Joseph Hol- 
brook. Lived in Medway. They had, among others, Nathan 11 Partridge, born December 27,1778, 
who married Isabella Fessenden and lived in Barre; and Susanna 11 , born November 80, 1783, wife of 
Captain Asa Fiske of Holliston. 
.". Elisha* Bullard, born August 15, 1714, " was very stout," married April 9, 1786, Bathsheba, born May 4, 1714 
daughter of Samuel and Mary (Rockwood) Fisher of Wrentham. Among their children were Elisha 5 Bullard 
born March 26, 1752, husband ol Rachel 5 Rockwood (27) and Beriah 5 , or Baruch", Bullard, born December 16, 
1758, who, April 21. 1778, married Julietta Messenger. 

4. Eleazar 1 Bullard, September 17, 1717— June 12, 1726. 

5. Lydia 1 Bullard, June 25, 1726— June 7, 1730. 

44. Deborah 3 Wight (Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 1, 1685, married April 29, 
1707, Thomas, born March 16, 1681. son of Capt. Jonathan and Mary (Clark) Boyden. Thomas 
settled in Wrentham, where he died in 1771. Deborah died in 1714. They were parents of 
James 1 Boyden, chosen deacon of Medfield church in 1761, who died in 1779. 

45. Ruth 3 Wight (Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 20, 1688, married December 2, 1715, 
Abraham, born in Medfield, April 5, 1691, son of Abraham and Mary (Mason) Harding. 
The father Abraham, born in Medfield August 15. 1655, was son of Abraham and Elizabeth 
(Adams) Harding, of Braintree and Medfield. Abraham and Ruth lived in Medway, where 
their children were born. Date of Ruth's death not found. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Ruth* Harding, November 2, 1716— January 18, 1717. 

2. Sethi Harding, born December 1, 1717, married March 19, 1748, Experience Hill. 

3. Job 1 Harding, born October 25, 1719 

4. Iehabod 1 Harding, born May 81, 1722. 

5. Deborah 1 Harding, born October 1, 1724. 

6. Ruth 1 Harding, born November 16, 1726, died voung. 

7. Ruth 1 Harding, born July 13, 1728, married James 5 Wight (163). 

8. Abraham 1 Harding (December 7, 1730— March 3, 1819), married February 9, 1757, Abigail, born June 23, 1736, 

daughter of Daniel and Sarah Adams, of Medway. Lived in Medway. 

1. Seth" Harding, married Marv, daughter of P>lward and Sarah (Pratt) Learned. Seth was drowned 
January 28, 1825. 

1. Mary Ann 11 Harding. 

2. Abigail Harding, born October 24, 1808, married November 26, 1829, William J. Partridge of 

Medway, and (after her sister Mary's death) she married, March 25, 1835, Captain Clark 7 Par- 
tridge (43) of Medway. 

3. Maryo Harding (March 17, 1811— March 23, 1834), married, April G, 1830, Captain Clark 7 Par- 

tridge (43). of Medway. 

1. Mary Harding 7 Partridge, born March 14, 1884, married David Parsons Wilder, Har- 
vard, '51; Cambridge Law School, '55; of the law firm of Wilder & Parker, Chicago. 
Mr. Wilder died there, March 18, 1872, and Mrs. Parsons returned to Medway. 
Seven children. 

4. Sarah Ann" Harding (November 28, 1815— August 28, 1882), married March 25, 1841, Hon. 

Edward Eaton, of Medway (November 28, 1818— August 81. 1883). No children. 

5. Abraham S. (1 Harding, married Harriet L. Clark. He died May 31, 1882. 

6. Adeliza H.° Harding, married Francis W. Clark. Residence, Medway. 

7. Edward Lfl Harding. 

8. Harriet M." Harding, married 1858, Timothy Daniels. Residence, Holliston, Mass. 



CHAPTER IV. 

FOUETH GENERATION. 

46. Joseph 4 Wight (Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 10, 1681, resided in 
Dedbam. He married tbere April 6, 1709, Sarab, born Avery, widow of Thomas Metcalf, of 
Dedham. Close upon the death of his father, Joseph was chosen deacon of the church and 
continued in this office 29 years, until bis own death . Thus these two Josephs were deacons of 
the first church in Dedham almost a round sixty years. The records of South Parish Church, 
Dedham, contain a resolution passed February 18, 1742-3, "That the thanks of this Chh be 
given to Deacon Weight for the Lot of Land He had given the Church." (Hill's Dedham 
Records, II, 140.) For fourteen years, first in 1741, Deacon Joseph was selectman of Dedham. 
(Mann's Annals, 80.) His wife died in Dedham, June 28, 1748 (Hill's Dedham Records, I, 78). 
Deacon Joseph married April 24, 1750, Mary, born Smith, widow of Henry Plimpton, of 
Medfield, and of Lieut. Jabez Pond, of Dedham. She was received into the Dedham church 
from Medfield April 18, 1742. She died June 21, 1774 (Chase's Plimpton Family, 75). Deacon 
Joseph died in Dedham July 14, 1756. 

CHILDREN. 

112. — 1. Joseph, born in Dedham, January 7, 1710. 

113. — 2. Henby (Henery, in record), born in Dedham, April 6, 1713, nothing known. 

Note 1. Sarah Avery was born October 9, 1675, in Dedham ; her parents were William Avery and Mary, 
daughter of Job Lane of Maiden. William was son of William and Margaret Avery of Dedham." The elder 
William was physician or apothecary in Dedham, and in 1669 was representative for Springfield, non-resident 
representation being then permissible. He died in Boston aged 65, March 18, 1687 ; his wife Margaret died Sep- 
tember 28, 1678. (Savage's Gen. Diet. I, 83). Sarah Avery married Thomas Metcalf, November 24, 1696. Thomas 
died September 22, 1704. (Hill's Dedham Records I, 27, 28). 

Note 2. Mary Smith : Henry Smith came from England in 1637, with his wife Elizabeth and two sons. His 
fourth son Samuel, born in Dedham. October 13, 1641, married, in 1677, Sarah (Clark) Bowers — both Samuel and 
Sarah having been relicts of consorts killed by the Indians in 1676. Their child Mary was born in Medfield, 
November 22,1688. The woof of her life is curiously interwoven with the warp of the Wights. Her brother, 
Henry Smith, married, in 1708, Mary* Adams (20), daughter of Mary 3 Ellis, daughter of Mary 2 Wight (5); and 
in 1730, Kuth* Barber (21), daughter of Abielle 3 Ellis, daughter of Mary 2 Wight (5). Mary, Smith's brother, 
Nathaniel, married, in 1705, Mary* Clark, daughter of Mary 3 Wight (16); and in 1717 Lydiai* Partridge (37), 
daughter of Lydia 3 Wight. Mary Smith herself, in 1706. married Henry Plimpton (86, Note), and became the 
mother of Sarah Plimpton, who married Jonathan* Wight (85), of Mary Plimpton who married John 4 Wight 
(86), and of Henry Plimpton who married Anne Pond, sister of Mary Pond, wife of Rev. John* Wight (53). 
Henry's son, David Plimpton, married Sarah 5 Wight (186). Mary Smith's husband Henry Plimpton, having 
died in 1731, the widow on November 22, 1732 (the day that her daughter Sarah married Jonathan* Wight (85) as 
above stated) married Lieut. Jabez Pond, whose daughter Mary, of a former marriage, was the wife of Rev. John* 
Wight (53), and whose daughter Anne, of a former marriage, was the wife of Henry Plimpton, Mary Smith's 
son. As if these indirect relations with the Wights stimulated her to a nearer alliance, Mary Smith, who by the 
death of Lieut. Jabez, November 6, 1749, became Widow Pond, was wedded in her declining years to the declining 
years of Deacon Joseph* Wight (46). 

Note 3. A note made by Rev. Jason Haven to his commemoration sermon in 1796, on the celebration of the 
40th anniversary of his pastorate (Dedham Pulpit, 485), mentioned the dwelling of " Joseph Wight and his son" 
as having been one of seven consumed by fire during his pastorate. As his pastorate began February 5, 1756, and 
Joseph Wight died July 14, 1756, the fire probably occurred between these dates I know nothing further about 
it. The wording " and his sort," would seem to imply that the Henry (113), concerning whom I have printed 
" nothing known," was not then living. He doubtless died young. 

47. Deborah 4 Wight (Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born August 25, 1684, married in Ded- 
ham, July 26, 1716, Nathaniel Chickering, born Marcb 28, 1677. He bad previously, August 
14, 1700, married Mary Thorpe, who had died September 1, 1715. He was selectman five years, 
first in 1731. (Mann's Annals, 80.) The record of bis death, January 16, 1746-7 calls him 
Deacn Nathenil Chickring. (Hill's Dedham Records, I, 72.) Deborah died January 16, 
1749, in Dedham, where her children were born. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Joseph 5 Chickering (May 5, 1717— November 28, 1754), of Dedham, married February 7, 1743, Rebecca Newell. 
Their youngest child was : 

5. Jabez Chickering (November 4, 1753— March 12, 1812), Harvard 1774, was ordained July 3, 1776, over 
the South Parish, Dedham, where he was pastor until his death. The sermon at his funeral, March 
16, 1812, was preached by Rev. Thomas Thacher, of the Third Parish, Dedham, and was published. 
Jabez married April 22, 1777, Hannah (December 10, 1755— April 17, 1889), daughter of his clerical 
predecessor Rev. Thomas Balch, who had married Mrs. Mary Sumner of Roxbury. Six children 
including : 

2. Joseph? Chickering (April SO, 1780— January 27, 1844), Harvard 1799, was settled in the Woburn 

church, March 28, 1804, resigned April 11, 1821 ; was installed at Phillipston, Mass., July 10, 
1822, and resigned from ill health July 15, 1835. He was a zealous, faithful minister, and the 
earnest supporter of charitable societies, to some of which he made bequests. He published 
some pamphlets on education. (Christian Mirror, February 29, 1844.) He married Elizabeth 
White, of Concord, Mass., and Sarah A. Holt, of Andover. 

1. John W.s Chickering (1808— December 9, 1888), Middlebury Coll. 1826, D. D., installed 
at Bolton, Mass., April 14, 1830, resigned March 16, 1835 ; was installed pastor of High 
St., Congregational Church, Portland, Me., April 2, 1835, and was released from his 
charge March 29, 1865. He died while visiting in Brooklyn, N. Y. 

3. Jabez? Chickering (August 28, 1782— October 20, 1826), Harvard 1804, lawyer and cashier of 

Dedham Bank. He married July 3, 1805, Dorothy Deborah Forster Alleyne, daughter of 
Abel Alleyne, of Dedham. He removed in 1823 to Monroe, Mich. 



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4. Elizabeth" Chickering born June 28, 1785, married November 4, 1812, Rev. Samuel Gay, of 

Hubbardston. 
6. Hannah 7 Chickering, born August 8, 1802, married in Dedham, February 2, 1826, John H. 

Briggs, M. D., who died there December 26, 1843, aged 49. She married January 30, 1847, 

Samuel Fletcher, of Andover. 

2. Daniel 5 Chickering, born December 30, 1718, married 1745, Kezia 5 Ellis (28), of Medfield. Eight children ; 

the second, Kezia 6 , born April 24, 1748, married October 14, 1772, Jacob Morse of Natick. 

3. Deborah 5 Chickering, born April 9, 1722. 

4. Lydia 5 Chickering, born September 12, 1723. 

Note. Nathaniel Chickering, husband of Deborah, was son of Nathaniel of Dedham, who December 3, 
1674, married Lydia, daughter of Captain Daniel Fisher (Farmer's Gen. Beg., 106). Captain Daniel, who was brother 
of Lydia Fisher (7, Note 2), married November 17, 1641, Abigail Marrett, of Cambridge. Lydia, daughter of Cap- 
tainDaniel, was born in Dedham, July 14, 1652, and died in Needham, July 17, 1737. In 1671, three years before 
her marriage, she went to Hadley and attended for about a year upon the regicides Gotfe and Whalley (Register 
VI, 101 ; XVI, 316 ; Dedham 250th Anniversary, 66, 209). For the romantic career of these regicides, see Howell's 
Stale Trials V, 1359 ; Hutchinson's Massachusetts I, 197 ; Stiles' History of the judges, 109 ; Holmes' Annals of America 
I, 315, 372; Holland's History of W. Mass. I, 128 ; Judd and Boltwood's Hadley ; Palfrey's New England, II ; Rob- 
bins' Regicides Sheltered in N. E.\ Dexter's Memoranda ; English Regicides in America, in Chambers' Journal, XVIII, 
321; Littell's Living Age, XXXVI, 42; Atlantic Monthly, VI, 89 ; Scott's Peveril of the Peak, Vol. I. — For the 
English ancestry of the Chickerings, see Register, VIII, 96. 

48. Nathaniel 4 Wight (Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 13, 1688, removed 
from Dedham to Wrentham, where, June 29, 1720, he married Kuth, born July 9, 1691, 
daughter of Daniel and Abigail Hawes. {Register i IV, 83.) Ruth died October 6, 1721, and 
Nathaniel married January 9, 1722-3, in Wrentham, Hannah Pond (752, Note), born March 
16, 1693-4. (Register, IV, 86.) She died October 3, 1754; Nathaniel died April 3, 1755, both 
in Wrentham. There also were born their 

CHILDREN. 

114.— 1. Benoni ("son of my sorrow"), born September 18, 1721. 

115.— 2. Mary, born September 11, 1726. 

116.— 3. Ruth, born August 16, 1728, nothing known. 

117. — 4. James, born January 9, 1730. 

118.— 5. Sarah, born June 2, 1733, died unmarried in Wrentham, March 25, 1797. 

119.— 6. Deborah, born February 3. 1735, nothing known. 

49. Ebenezer 3 Wight {Joseph 5 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 22, 1696, married Sep- 
tember 3, 1740, Subiah Hall. She was of Stoughton and united with the Dedham church 
January 15, 1764. Their children were born in Dedham. Ebenezer Wight passed his life in 
the cultivation of his paternal acres. As he was of retired habits, his temperament well fitted 
him for the secluded labours which husbandry requires. Though he was fond of agriculture 
as the means of sustaining himself and family and was happily occupied in the management 
of his herds and his fields, he was not indifferent to the stirring events in the opening scene 
of the eventful drama of American Independence and lived to deplore the death of his two 
voungest sons, both of whom died in defence of liberty and their country among the earliest 
victims in the War of Independence. He was an honest and industrious man, a worthy and 
exemplary citizen, a patriot and a christian. His children always spoke of him with rev- 
erence and affection, as a parent who had performed his duties to them, and to whom they 
were greatly indebted for much good counsel and instruction. Religious teaching entered 
largely into his family discipline. The principles and opinions of the Puritan Fathers, which 
had been taught him, he taught them, that they might hold fast to what he believed to be 
" the faith once delivered to the saints." (Wight's Wight Family, 80, 81.) 

Subiah Wight "possessed great mildness of disposition, kindness of feeling and gentleness 
of manner. Her heart overflowed with love to all with whom she was in any way asso- 
ciated. She died when I was young but her goodness engraved her image upon my memory." 
(Wight's Wight Family, 81.) Ebenezer's will, appointing his son Ebenezer and son-in-law, 



1776, and his will was approved January 31, 1777. Subi 
Ebenezer's relation to the old home of Thomas Wight, 



see page o. 



John Healy, executors, was made December 11, 1772; he died in Dedham, December 20, 
i77fi an/f hie will was fl.ntirnved Januarv 31. 1777. Subiah died aged 85, August 18, 1802. For 

if 

CHILDREN. 

120.— 1. Ebenezer, born July 8, 1741, died in Dedham, December 17, 1742. 

181. — 2. Subiah, born March 26, 1743, baptized March 27, 1743. 

123.— 3. Mary, born February 2, 1745, see Note 2. 

133 4. Ebenezer, born November 4, 1746, baptized Nov. 21, 1746, died in Dedham, Dec. 3, 1746. 

124. _5. Joseph, born January 8, 1748, baptized January 15, 1748. 

125.— 6. Ebenezer, born September 24, 1750, baptized September 80, 1750, 

136.— 7. Deborah, born June ly, 1752. see Note 2. 

127^— 8. Samuel, born December 15, 1753, baptized January 13, 1753-4. 

128.— 9. Nathaniel, born January 22, 1756, baptized February 1, 1756. 



Noie 1. Signature to Ebenezer's will : 



y^vr'Mftjkl- 



Thomas 1 ; Henry 2 ; Joseph 3 ; Jabez 4 . 27 

Note 2. According to the church records, Mary Wight (123) was baptized January 27, 1745, and Deborah, 
May 24, 1752. (Hill's Dedham Records II, 54, 59). These inconsistencies are inexplicable. I am assured by Mr. 
Don G. Hill, of Dedham, whose courtesies I have several times received, that the baptism record, having been 
made by the minister at the time of the ceremony, is more likely to be correct. 

50. Jabez 4 Wight (Joseph?, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 12, 1701, was dedicated by bis 
parents in his early years to tbe gospel ministry. He entered Harvard University 1717 
and graduated 1721 (correct Allen's Amer. Gen. Diet., 856), in the same class with his cousin 
John (53). These were the first Wights graduates of that institution. While this cousin 
John was a schoolmaster in Dedham, Jabez occupied a similar position in Medfield, as appears 
by the following paper found among the State archives, dated March 26, 1723: 

" These may certifie the honored his majesties justices in their session of the peace for the County of Suf- 
folk at Boston, March the 27th, 1723. That the subscribers, being selectmen of Medfield, have procured a gram- 
mar schoolmaster within our town, being one Mr. Jabez Wight, who is approved by the ministers as the law 
directs, who is now for some time engaged in that work in Medfield, but not to trouble your honours with any- 
thing now at this time as to the number of families in our town. We remain your honours humble servants 
with submission to your wise determination." (Tilden's Medfield, 126.) 

"Mr. Jabez Wight" united with Dedham church, April 11, 1725. The records of this 
church contain this notice of Rev. Jabez' settlement in the ministry: 

" Upon the desire of the Church of Christ in East Norwich in conjunction with Mr. Wight, the church 
voted to give Mr. Wight letters of recommendation (and desired the pastor to write them) in order to his 
embodying with the church and becoming their pastor." 

The letter mentioned, preserved by Emilia 7 Wight (588), is as follows: 

To the Chh of Ct in East Norwich, ye Chh of Ct in Dedham sendeth Greeting. 
Dearly beloved in our Lord Jesus Christ 
Forasmuch as it hath pleased ye Great Shepherd of ye Sheep to bring you into a particular Chh State & to 
direct and incline you to make choice of our beloved Brother Mr. Jabez Wight, to be your Pastor, & also to Incline 
him to accept your call to yt sacred office, we cannot but heartily congratulate your mutual happyness. Hoping 
yt He (whom we greatly love & honour, as well for ye grace of God wch we hope we see in him as for his desirea- 
ble abilities for ye Gospel Ministry) will prove a rich and lasting Blessing to you & yours & yt you & they will 
be a Crown & Rejoicing to him. 

And seeing he was first admitted to ye Communion with us we do at his & your desire & pursuant to our 
Ecclesiasticall Constitution & to ye laudible Custome of that Chh recommend him to your holy Fellowship, 
praying you to receive him in ye Lord as becometh Saints, and earnestly craving a particular Rembranee in 
your Prayers we commend you all & Particularly our sd Dear Brother to ye Propitious conduct & Blessing of 
Heaven at all times. We Remain 

Your Bretheren in ye Faith and 
Fellowship of ye Gospell 

Saml Dexter, Pastr 
in ye name & with the 
Dedham Oct6ber 17th 1726. Concurrence of Ye Fraternity. 

Over this church, called also the Fifth Church of Norwich, and the church at Long 
Society, Rev. Jabez was ordained October 27, 1726. The ordination sermon, which was pub- 
lished, was preached by Rev. Benjamin Lord, D. D., of Norwich, Conn. (Sprague's Annals, 
I, 299.) This church was constituted under Rev. Jabez, and he was its first and only pastor. 
After his death no regular public worship was held and the church was allowed to decay 
and fall to pieces. (Caulkins' Norwich, 447.) 

Jabez married March 15, 1768, Ruth Swan, of Stonington, Conn. She died March 15, 
1768. Upon the unimpeachable authority of ancient letters I note the later marriage of Rev. 
Jabez to Miss Holdridge, of Groton, Conn. Nothing further is known of this marriage. Rev. 
Jabez died at Norwich, September 11, 1782, with which date his tombstone does not agree. 
The opinion of one of his parishioners has been preserved: 

" He was a faithful servant in the Vineyard of his Lord, as long as his health and strength permitted. He 
was an Orthodox Divine, a good Preacher, and believed the doctrines he taught ; a man much in prayer. The 
doctrines of free, rich and sovereign grace, and the divine atonement and satisfaction were his darling theme 
and delightful topic. He taught and believed that there is no name given among men save Jesus of Nazareth, 
whereby we must be saved. He was much endued with the true Christian graces and virtues, nor did he lack 
charity." 

An obituary of him records: "Fond of retirement from the bustling world he was 
apparently never so happy as when traveling the road of an unnoticed humility." 

The following is the inscription upon his tomb in the graveyard at Long Society: 

Sacred to the memory of Rev. Jabez Wight 
late Pastor of the Church of Christ in the 2nd Society 
in Preston who in the 56th year of his ministry and 
82nd of his age on the 15th day of Sept. 1782 
entered into the joy of his Lord. 

Zion may in his fall bemoan 
A Beauty and a pillar gone. 

—(Caulkins' Norwick, 448 ; Hurd's New London County, 602.) 



28 The Wights. 



The Norwich Kecords give these births of his 

CHILDREN. 

129.— 1. Joseph, born January 6, 1727. 

130 2. Jabez, born April 2. 1730. 

131.— S. John, born February 2, 1732. 

133. — 4. Ebenezee, born November 2, 1731, died unmarried in 1S04. 

133.— 5. Mary, born May 23, 1737. 

134 6. Benjamin, born , died young. 

135.— 7. Nathaniel, born , died young. 

Note 1. A long and narrow strip of land adjoining the Shetucket River on tbe east, called Long Society, 
also East Norwich, was set off in 1786 from Norwich to Preston, Conn. (Caulkins' Norwich, 447). 

Note 2. Thomas Wood and Susanna Eastman married and lived in Haverhill, Mass. The husband and a 
daughter Susanna were slain by the Indians March 16, 1696. The widow married John Swan, August 1, 1699, and 
their daughter Ruth, born in Haverhill. December 31, 1703, was wife of Rev. Jabez Wight. Her mother Susanna 
Swan died aged above 100 years, December 20, 1772, and is buried in North Stonington, Conn. John Swan, born 
August 1, 1668, was son of Robert Swan, born in England, who married Elizabeth Acie of Rowley. Mass., and 
settled in Haverhill in 1650. She died in 1689, and her husband died February 11, 1697-8. He was son of Richard 
Swan, who joined the church in Boston, Januarv 6, 1639, moved with his wife Ann to Rowley in 1640, and died 
in 1678. (Register XXXIII, 403). 

Note S. Rev. Mr. Wight assisted at the formation of the 2nd Congregational church, Norwich, in 1760, and 
at the installation of its first two ministers. (Bond's Historical Discourse, 7, 8, 14; Caulkins' Norwich, 461.) 

51. David Wight (DanieP, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 19, 1686, must have been 
a man of resources, as his estate at his decease aggregated £2579. 7. 2., an unusual sum in his 
day. He married in Dedham, January 17, 1716-7. Sarah Day, born there April 1, 1689. The 
family lived in Dedham, where the children were born. David died in Dedham January 28, 
1742-3. His wife's date of death is not found. 

children. 

136 — 1. David, born March 28, 1718. 

137 — 2. Anna, born Julv 27, 1720. 

138.— 3. John, born May 11. 1723. died in Dedham October 4, 1734. 

139.— 4. Sarah, born March 27, 1730. 

Note. Sarah Day was daughter of Ralph and Sarah (Fuller) Day. Her parents were married in Dedham, 
December 6, 1682. Ralph died October 21, 1694 and the widow became the wife of John Carpenter and of Samuel 
Ware. Her will dated July 12, 1735, discloses that her daughter Sarah Wight was then living. Sarah Fuller was 
daughter of Thomas and Hannah Fuller, and was born in Dedham May 7, 1659. (Hill's Dedham Records, 1, 17, 24, 7; 
Register 3LLI, 28, 896). 

52. Daniel* Wight {DanieP, Henry 2 , Tlwmas 1 ), born January 25, 1690, moved from 
Dedham to Needham, where he was married November 14, 1751, "by Mr. Jonathan Town- 
send, our gosepel minister," to Susanna Kinch. Her name is excusably miscopied Kepeh in 
Hill's Dedham Records, I, 118. Daniel Wight's will was made February 20, 1769; he died in 
Needham, February 28, 1773, and his will was approved March 19, 1773. 

children. 

140.— 1. Benjamin, born 

141 — 3. Ann, born in Needham February 26. 1754. 

143.— 3. Daniel, born in Needham March 22, 1756. 

Note. Susanna Kinch was the widow of Thomas Kinch, whom she married in 1734, and who died in 1750. 
She was the daughter of Henry and Deborah Alden of Needham, and the presumed great grand daughter of John 
Alden of Plymouth. 

53. John* Wight (Darnel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 22, 1699, graduated at Harvard 
University in 1721, a classmate of his cousin Jabez 4 , (50). The same year his name occurs 
as Sir Wight in the Dedham Kecords, a title supposed to arise out of his occupation as a 
schoolmaster there. (Worthington's Dedham, 47; Wight's Wight Family, 54.) (For a different 
explanation of the prefix Sir, see Hall's College Words and Customs, 424; Sibley's Harvard 
Graduates, I, 17; Register, XLII, 91.) After several years interruption Sir John taught again 
in Dedham in 1740. He united with the Dedham church June 5, 1726. The date of his 
ordination is not shown. He preached in several places in New England, only two of which 
are certainly known to me, Bristol, R. I. (then in Massachusetts), and New Marblehead in 
the "Eastern country," now Windham, Maine. In Bristol he seems to have been set- 
tled in 1728, and to have continued there until as late as July, 1740. His intention of mar- 
riage, in which he is styled Mr. John Wight, of Bristol, was filed there May 25, 1728. He 
married in Dedham July 3, 1728, Mary Pond, born there November 22, 1706. (752, Note; 
46, Note 2.) Mary Wight died in Bristol, June 19, 1735. Her father's will, dated August 15, 
1746, fixes the number of her then living children: "I give and bequeath to my grand- 
children, viz.: John Wight, Daniel Wight, Mary Wight and Ann Wight, the children of my 
eldest daughter, Mary Wight, late deceased," etc. (Harris' Pond Genealogy, 17.) Bristol 
records fix the dates of birth of three of these children. Rev. John married second (date 
wanting, intention filed in Bristol October 22, 1737) Mrs. Deliverance Carpenter, of Rehoboth. 
It is not quite certain what removed our preacher from Bristol to so remote a place as New 
Marblehead. It has been suggested {Register, XLII, 93) that as some of the settlers of this 



Thomas 1 ; Henry 2 ; Benjamin ; Jane 4 , Sarah 4 . 29 



place came from Ehode Island and the South Shore, they may have known him and 
influenced his removal. It is possible also that Rev. John may have preached in Old 
Marblehead before he went to the New. It is certain there was a warm feeling between the 
First church in Marblehead and the First church in New Marblehead, which was Rev. John's 
last charge. It is certain also that his children were in Marblehead after he died, and one, 
at least, married there. Whatever the reason may be he went, preaching there some six 
months before his settlement. In the Dedham First church records, October 16, 1743, we 
find: " Upon the Desire of Mr. John Wight the Chh voted his Dismission and Letters Testi- 
monial in order to his Regular Imbodying with those who purpose (Cod willing) to lay in the 
foundaton of a Chh in New Marblehead in the Eastern country." (Hill's Dedham "Records, 
II, 90.) Rev. John was installed at New Marblehead, December, 14, 1743. " Much of his 
pastorate was spent with his people, shut up, together with their families, in the old ' Block 
House,' or ' Province Fort.' He, as first minister, drew a full right in the township, and 
his heirs received this afterwards." {Register, XLII, 93.) In the records of the First church, 
Marblehead (kept in 1885 in the office of Mr. Daniel Appleton, Boston), I discovered the 
following: 

"1749 
" May 7 

" At a Chh meeting 
" Voted that the Ch'h make a Present of two Pewter Flagons to the Church of which the 
" Rev'd Mr. John Wight is Pastor in the Place called New Marblehead. 

" John Barnard Pastor." 

Rev. John continued his labors in New Marblehead until his death, May 8, 1753. His 
ordination and death are noticed in the Centennial address delivered in Windham, July 4 
1839, by Thomas L. Smith. 

"Rev. John Wight, M. A.," was one of the subscribers to Prince's Chronology {Register, 
VI, 199). These subscribers are said by Mr. S. G. Drake to compose the principal literati in 
New England in the early part of the last century. 

Rev. John Wight was the first person buried in what is now known as " Anderson's 
burying ground," Windham. His wife, Deliverance, and one or more children lie beside 
him. The inscription on his tombstone is a modest one: 

In memory of ye 

Rev. Mr. John Wight 

who 

Departed this Life 

May 8th 1753 

In the 55 year of his Age. 

CHILDREN. 

143 — 1. John, bom in Bristol, July 15, 1729. 

144. — 2. Mary, born 

145 — 8. Ann (Annie), born in Bristol, March 5, 1732-3. See 144. 

146.— 4. Daniel, born in Bristol May 8, 1735, died in Dedham, April 19, 1749. 

147 — 5. Elijah, born , died in New Marblehead, Oct. 24, 1744, " aged about 2 vears 

2 month, 19 days." 

148 — 6. Eunice, born April 28, 1747, "abt. 10 A. M." See 144. 

149. — 7. Benjamin, born March 19, 1753, "about break of day on Monday morning." See 144. 

Note. There is recorded in Bristol the deaths (but not the births) of unnamed twin children of Rev. John 
and Deliverance Wight, one of whom died July 20, 1740, the other July 26, 1740. 

54. Jane 4 Wight {Benjamin*, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 6, 1691, married Thomas 
Frost, of Sudbury, born August 23, 1679, son of Thomas and Mary (Goodridge) Frost. 
(Barry's Framingham. 24; Welles' American Family Antiquity, I, 179.) Jane died January 30, 
1737. Her husband died February 29, 1751, both in Sudbury. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Marys Frost (July 29, 1713— May 26, 1760) married, March 12, 1733-4, Deacon Daniel Stone of Sudburv (October 

21, 1707— May 15, 1788). Ten children. 

2. Sybilla 5 Frost, born September 28, 1715, married February 21, 1738-9,William Pike of Sudbury. Three children ' 

3. Sarah 5 Frost, December 6, 1717— December 8, 1754. 

4. Eunice 5 Frost (May 28, 1720— March 23, 1746), married March 10, 1740, Abner Stone, who died September 10 

1745, brother of Deacon Daniel, above. 

5. Beulah 5 Frost, baptized August 11, 1723, married, November 11, 1742, Bezaleel Fisk of Sudbury. 

6. Hepbzebah 5 Frost, born February 22, 1729-30, married, March 22, 1749-50, Sylvanus Hemenway ot Sudbury. 

Five children. (Ward's Shrewsbury, 308). 

55. Sarah* Wight {Benjamin 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born married May 
22, 1717, Deacon Adams Stone, of Sudbury. Sarah predeceased her husband, who married 
second, the widow Hannah Barber. See Sudbury Manuscript Records; Barry's Framingham, 
409, 285, 295. Sarah's children were born in Sudbury. 



30 The Wights. 



DESCENDANTS. 

1. Benjamin 5 Stone (February 20, 1718— November 5, 1745), married in 1737, Beulah, born November 1, 1718, 

daughter of Jonathan and Abigail (Reed) Fiske. The second of their three children was 

2. Lucy 8 Stone (November 22, 1743-1889), married September 2, 1762, Benjamin Hemenway, (October 28, 
1732-1800), of Framingham. Of their rive children were Lucy? Hemenway, born May 7, 1766, wife of 
Gideon 8 Richardson (57); Persis 7 Hemenway, born April 12, 1769, wife of Luther 8 Richardson (57); 
and Sarah 7 Hemenway, born May 20, 1763, who married Josiah Hunt of Sudbury, and had a son 
Gardner 8 Hunt, born December 2, 1792, who married Lucy 7 Richardson (57). 

2. Bathsheba 5 Stone, born December 1, 1721, married January 19. 1743-4, Ezekiel How (April 5, 1720— October 15, 

1796.) Ten children, including: 

1. Ruth 8 How, born May 2, 1745, married March 7, 1765, Jesse Gibbs. 

8. Hephzebah 8 How, born April 27. 1749, married November 27, 1766, Hopestill Brown, Jr. 

5. Bathsheba 8 How, born January 10, 1752, married September 20, 1770, Daniel Loriug. 

6. Mary 8 How, born September 13, 1754, married May 12, 1773, Reuben Brown of Concord. 
10. Adams 8 How, born Mav 15, 1763, married December 3, 1795, Jerusha Balcom. 

3. Elizabeth 5 Stone, born April 2," 1723, married February 23, 1741-2, Nathaniel Rice (930, Note), of Sudbury, born 

September 9, 1710 (Ward's Rice Family, 65.) Five children including : 

4. Benjamin 8 Rice (April 13. 1754— March 8, 1835), married May 7, 1778, Lucy Smith. Six children. 

5. Reuben 8 Rice (August 26, 1757— November 13, 1801), married February 16, 1783, Ruth Haynes. Eight 

children. 

4. Isaac 5 Stone, born February 18, 1736, married March 1, 1757, Sarah Moulton, and lived in East Sudbury. Seven 

children, including: 

4. Benjamin 8 Stone, born November 10, 1764, married May 3, 1785, Sarah Eames of Sudbury. 
, 5. Matthew 8 Stone, born August 14, 1768, married January 24, 1794, Hannah Eames of Sudbury. 

6. Israel 8 Stone, born October 26, 1770, married May 29, 1794, Dolly Conant. 

Note 1. Adams Stone was son of Deacon Matthew and Mary Stone. Matthew (February 16, 1659-60— August 
12, 1743), was son of Simon aud Mary (Whipple) Stone of Watertown, and Simon was son of Simon Stone, who ill- 
April 1635, aged 50, came from England in the Increase, with wife Joan, aged 38, and children. Joan was daughter 
of William Clark. The Mary Stone who married Nathaniel Stearns (9, Note 3) was daughter of the earliest Simon 
Stone. (Register X, 229; Barry's Framingham, 409). "The Stone family of „Watertown is highly respectable. " 
(Vinton's Richardson Memorial, 95). 

Note 2. For some account of the early Hemenways and Hows, see Ward's Shrewsbury 308, 310. For the 
Hemenway-Stone intermarriage, see Adams' Haven Genealogy, 25. 

57. Experience 4 Wight (Benjamin 8 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 10, 1705, married 
October 23, 1728. Josiah Richardson (399, Note), of Sudbury. He was a major in the militia 
and was the owner of lands in what afterwards became Bethel, Me. He also enjoyed the 
luxury of some negro slaves. Vinton (Richardson's Memorial, 215) is industriously inaccurate in 
his account of the marriage of Major Richardson. The latter died August 30, 1770.' His 
widow, March 31, 1772, married Abishai Crossman, of Sudbury. The births of her three 
children are recorded in Sudbury. (Sudbury Manuscript Records.) 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Gideon 5 Richardson (June 5, 1780— March 17, 1758) Harvard 1749, pastor of church, Wells, Me., from February 

27, 1754, until his death ; married Martha Thornton of Boston. 

2. Josiah 5 Richardson, born May 29, 1733, a farmer in Sudbury, married January 13, 1760, Elizabeth Eveleth of 

Stow. 

1. Gideon 8 Richardson (March 1, 1761— October 9, 1833) of Sudbury, married Lucy 7 Hemenway (55) who 

died January 10, 1831. Thirteen children. 

2. Sarah Eveleth 8 Richardson, born May 13, 1763, married January 13, 1788, Abel Blake of Keene, N. H. 

3. Luther 8 Richardson (November 24, 1764 — October 5. 1814), of Sudbury, married June 1790, Persis 7 

Hememway (55), who died March 11, 1812. Four children ; one Lucy 7 , born January 17, 1793, married 
January 12, 1815, Gardner 8 Hunt (55) of Sudbury. 

4. Reuel 8 Richardson, born September 13, 1768, died young. 

5. Loa 8 Richardson, born July 15, 1770. 

3. Luther 5 Richardson, July 14, 1748— October 6, 1752. 

58. Jeane 4 Wight (Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 6, 1688, married in 
Wrentham, December 4, 1707, Michael Ware (153, Note 1), born in Wrentham, June 11, 
1683, and died there September 21, 1725. Jeane married December 2, 1734, in Wrentham, 
Daniel Hawes, of that place, and she died April 26, 1754. Her children were born in 
Wrentham (Register, IV, 85). 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Jeane 5 Ware, born December 16, 1710, married July 30, 1729, John Fairbanks, who died May 10, 1754. See 12. 

2 Margaret 5 Ware, born October 21, 1712, married January 29, 1734-5, Eleazar Metcalf (November 21, 1710 — 

August 10, 1742). (179, Note 2.) She had Eli 8 , Eunice 8 , Jeremiah 8 , and Margaret 8 Metcalf. She married 
again April 1, 1761, Ezra Pond (752, Note), and died in Franklin, November 22, 1807. Ezra died between 
1782 and August 1788. 

3 Hepzibah 5 Ware, born November 22, 1714, married December 29, 1730, Leonard Fisher. Both were living in 

1764. See 12 

4. Esther 5 Ware, born December 3, 1716, married in Wrentham, February 8, 1737-8, Ezra Blake, "gentleman." 

See 12 

5 Mehetabel 5 Ware, March 24, 1719-20— March 8, 1722-3. 

6 Phebe 5 Ware (February 25, 1720-1— June 28, 1768), married in Wrentham, March 26, 1747, Elisha Pond (752, 

Note), of Wrentham (March 25, 1725— May 30, 1796). Eight children (all born in Wrentham, now Franklin), 
including : 

1. Abiathar 8 Pond (September 24, 1747— April 2, 1834), lived in Keene N. H., wife Experience Daniels. 
Four children, including : 

1. Nathan 7 Pond (July 13. 1771— March 9, 1835), wife Deborah H. Houghton. Ten children, all 
born in Keene, incluJing : 

2. Preston 8 Pond, born November 30, 1795, wife Adeline Stebbins Wright, of Hinsdale, 
N. H. Settled before lh33 at Jackson. La., a physician, and elder in the Presbyterian 
church there. Among their children were : 



Thomas 1 ; Henry 2 ; Jonathan 3 ; Elizabeth 4 . 31 

1. Preston" Pond, born Sept. 9, 1823, married 1846, Emelie Couper, and December, 
1852, Adelaide Alice Woodward. Lawyer, Colonel of 16th La. Reg., in war of 
'61, and State Senator of La. He died June 15, 1864. 

1. Adelaide Jane 10 Pond, born at Clinton. La., October 22, 1856. 

6. Henry Lyman 9 Pond, born at Biloxi, Miss., February 11, 1838, married Decem- 

ber 31, 1863, Olivia A. Taylor. Planter at Jackson, and in 1872 member of the 
Louisiana Legislature. 

1. Bertha™ Pond, born August 10, 1867. 

7. Charles Lathrop 9 Pond, born Jackson, April 27, 1841, married October 28, 1863, 

Lily Gordon Penn, of St. Helena, La. Deacon of Presbyterian church, 
Jackson. 
9. Dana Bullard 9 Pond, born Jackson, June 29, 1846, married Nannie Atkinson. 
Three children. 
3. Sophia 8 Pond, born December 4, 1797, married John Williams. She died at her home 

in Fort Madison. Iowa, October 26, 1847. Two children, who died young. 
5. Alsa 8 Pond, born February 19, 1803, married Salmon Whitney. Lived in Boston ; three 
children. 

7. Prentiss 8 Pond, born 1807, married Harriet Chase, of Hereford (Eng.) descent, and 

lived at Nauvoo, 111. No children. 

8. Eliza 8 Pond, born November 20, 1809, married Henry Whitney and Charles Wiley. She 

had among others, Eliza Medhurst 9 Wiley, born January 31, 1840, a teacher at Vassar 
College, Poughkeepsie; and Charles Morrison 9 Wiley, born October 12, 1841, a lawyer 
in New York. 

9. Newell 8 Pond, born 1812, married a Larkin of Lexington, Mass., and died in Boston 

January 30, 1860, leaving a widow and children. 
2. Galen 7 Pond (June 12, 1774— December 4, 1851), wife Sallie Leonard, of Keene. 

1. Mary Calley 8 Pond, born May 5, 1797, married Philip Sweetser, of Marlboro, N. H. 

Four children. 

2. Charles Newell 8 Pond, born September 10, 1799, lived in Providence, R. I. 

1. Mary Leonard 9 Pond, born May 17, 1830, married James K. Lush. Four children. 

2. Anna Dike 9 Pond, born August 16, 1833, married Henry Huntington 

4. Calista 7 Pond, born September 18, 1791, married March 20, 1808, Henry Coolidge. Their 
youngest child, Jane Frances 8 Coolidge, born February 11, 1827, married Algernon Sidney 
Carpenter, M. D., of Keene, N. H. 
2. Elisha 6 Pond (February 21, 1748-9— December 21, 1807), a physician in Franklin, wife Olive Dean. 

1. Edna 7 Pond, born January 16, 1/80, perhaps married August 1, 1799, Timothy Hill. 

2. Olive 7 Pond, born February 1, 1782, married June 5, 1806, Abijah 7 Richardson (21). 

8. Apollos 6 Pond (June 12, 1764— May 29, 1831), lived and died in Sangerville, Me., married Juletta 
Daniels, and, in 1807, Phoebe Thayer, of Milford. 

1. Apollos 7 Pond (April 26, 1789— October 29, 1833), wife Nancy Tayntor. Ten children, including : 

Nancy 8 Pond, born October 23, 1811, wife of Jeremiah Bean ; Celesta 8 Pond, born November 
7, 1813, wife of Isaiah Bean ; Cranston 8 Pond, born August 13, 1815, of Boston ; Juletta D. 8 
Pond, born July 17, 1817, wife of Thurston Wolton ; Phebe 8 Pond, born July 10, 1819, wife of 
Elisha K. Spaulding, of Worcester, Mass.; and Lucy W. 8 Pond, born November 12, 1820, wife 
of Charles H. Blanchard, of Vassalboro, Me. 

2. Juletta Daniels 7 Pond, born October 10, 1806, married Jotham Farnham, and had a daughter 

Mariam D. 8 Farnham, born May 25, 1831, wife of Andrew L. Jackson, of Hudson, Mass. 

3. Amasa Thayer 7 Pond, born September 27, 1810, married Mary A. Saunders, of Orland, Me. 

Seven children, including Elijah Thayer 8 Pond, of Guilford Me., born July 27, 1838, married 
to Augusta C. Piper, and Sarah 8 Pond, born September 12, 1839, wife of David Alden Jack- 
son, of Sangerville. 

7. Jabez 5 Wafe (February 28, 1722— June 28, 1805), lived and died iu Wrentham (now Franklin), married in 

Wrentham, December 16, 1746, Mary (July 15, 1725— February 14, 1789), daughter of Thomas and Hannah 
(Aldis) Mann. He married November 11, 1789, Hannah Allen, who died April 29, 1791. Nine children, 
including: 

2. Phinehas Ware (April 22, 1750— January 17, 1826), " lieutenant," married Susanna Hawes, who died in 

Franklin, September 27, 1817. Seven children. 

3. Jerusha 6 Ware, born July 31. 1752, married October 19, 1769, Reuben Daniels, of Wrentham. 

4. Mary c Ware, born April 12, 1754, married May 9, 1779, Elias Mann, of Franklin. 

5. Jason Ware (March 10, 1756— Mav 11, 1843), moved in 1779 to Union Me., married September 16, 1782, 

Polly Peabody ,1756— March 5, 1815). He married April 16, 1817, Sally Severance (1770— April 3, 1849). 
Eight children. 

7. Amos 6 Ware (March 29, 1760— May 18, 1833), moved to Paxton, Mass., married April 13, 1786, Rachael 

Pond (752, Note), of Franklin. Eight children, the second Erastus 7 Ware, born 1788, being father 
of Hon. Darwin E. 8 Ware, of Boston. 

8. Amelias Ware, born January 28, 1762, married March 12, 1788, Asa Metcalf (179, Notes), of Franklin. 

8. Michael 5 Ware, born December 5, 1725, married in Wrentham, February 5, 1754, Abiel Metcalf (179, Note %). 

She died December 25, 1757 and Michael appears to have married Lucy . Three children. 

Authorities : Register, XLI, 21 ; Harris' Pond Genealogy, 47, et seq. 

59. Elizabeth 4 Wight (Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born June 28, 1692, married in 
Wrentham, March 1, 1710-11, Robert Ware (December 6, 1680— January 9, 1731-2) (153, Note 
1). The children of Robert and Elizabeth were born in Wrentham, where the Ware family 
had lived and died. Elizabeth died September 5, 1769. . 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Robert 5 Ware, born November 27, 1711, married May 1, 1735, Esther, born August 19, 1712, daughter of Thomas 

Man. (Register, XIII, 326). Six children.. 

2. Elizabeth 5 Ware, born October 21, 1713, married in Wrentham, November 11, 1735, Samuel Hancock (?). 

3. Timothy 5 Ware (December 28, 1715— November 30, 1794), married January 18, 1742-3, Mary (November 80, 1720 

—June 27, 1767), daughter of Paul and Hannah Healy. Timothy married in Wrentham, June 1, 1769, 
Rachael (Ball) Stearns, who died in her 68th year June 11, 1800. 

1. Mary 6 Ware, born December 2, 1743, married February 14, 1765, Joseph Hill. 

2. Olive 6 Ware, born November 20, 1746, married January 12, 1769, Thomas Messenger, of Wrentham. 

8. Timothy 6 Ware (November 20, 1746— May 30, 1798), married in Wrentham, December 7, 1769, Abial 
(October 10, 1748— January 12, 1825), daughter of Robert and Mary Ray. Ten children, including, 
Abial 7 , born 1787, wife of Frederick Paine, and mother of Albert Ware 8 Paine, of Bangor, Me., and 
of Rev. Timothy Otis 8 Paine. 

4. Elias 6 Ware, born May 30, 1754, married January 25, 1781, Deborah, daughter of Ephraim Groves of 
Franklin. Eleven children. 



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4. Joseph 6 Ware (January 23, 1717-8 — September 4, 1811), married January 7, 1747-8, Sarah Heaton, who died in 

her 56th year September 3. 1776 ; he then married January 6, 1778 Hannah Pasmore of Mendon, who died in 
her 84th year, February 21, 1811. No surviving children so far as known. 

5. Jonathan^ "Ware, born May 8, 1720, died September 3, 1755, '-of sickness at Cauterhook when he was coming 

home from the army that went against Crown Point," married in Wrentham April 19, 1748, Mary Shuttle- 
worth, who died a widow April 9, 1797. 

1. Abial Ware, born in Wrentham August 11, 1750, married February 14, 1771, Joseph, son of Caleb, and 

Bethiah (Ware) Day. Two children. 

2. Samuel Ware (September 2, 1753— October 22. 1829) married May 27, 1779, Mehetabel (May 1, 1754— 

March 4, 1831) daughter of Thomas and Mary ( Aldrage) Thurston. Six children. 

6. Henry 6 Ware (April 20, 1722— February 6, 1776), married December 20, 1749, Esther Cheever. Five children 

born in Wrentham, including Asaph Ware, born November 20, 1755, who June 15, 1775, married Mercy 
Clark; and Eunice" Ware, born August 23, 1757, who married April 18, 1781, Benjamin Metcalf ot Wrentham. 
(179, Note 2). 

7. Sarah 6 Ware, June 7, 1724— March 9, 1724-5. 

8. Thomas 6 Ware (October 4, 1725— Novembei 14, 1761) married November 13, 1751, Rebecca Dinsmore. Two chil- 

dren, born iii Wrentham, one of whom Margaret born February 10, 1752, may have been the wife of Joseph 
Kingsbury. 

9. Ichabod 6 Ware (June 1, 172S— October 24, 1810) married May 30, 1754, Sarah Skinner of Norton who died, aged 

30, August 2, 1765. He again, February 13, 1766, married Marcy Stearns, who died in Wrentham, aged 74, 
August 10, 1805. Lived in Wrentham. 

1. Nathan Ware, born December 29, 1754, married December 23, 1779 in Wrentham, Hannah Everett. 

2. Lois Ware, born January 8, 1757, married in Wrentham, November 27, 1783, Thaddeus Whiting. 

3. Obed° Ware, born February 19. 1759. 

■1. Joseph 6 Ware (October 11, 1761— January 12, 1837), deacon in second Congregational church, Medway, 
1798-1813, then moved to N. Wrentham, married (published April 25, 1793) Esther (February 4, 1761 — 
November 10, 1808) daughter of Daniel and Esther (Hale) Holbrook. (Morse's Sherborn and Holliston, 
145). Five children, including Josiah H.? Ware, born 1797, a church organ builder, who married 
Huldah G. Hale and had William Goodrich 8 Ware, M. D., born East Medway, February 1, 1832, hus- 
band of Angeline E. Ellis and of Mrs. Jane F. Daniels of Medway, Joseph Ware married second, 
March 23, 1809. Mary, daughter of Asa Blake of Wrentham. She died aged 59, April 8, 1829. Two 
children, one Asa Blake 7 Ware, born 1810, father of Edmund A.s Ware, president of Atlanta College, 
Geo. Joseph Ware married third October 22, 1829, Mrs. Abigail Greene of Medway, who after his 
death became the third wife of Harmon Metcalf, father of Judge Therou Metcalf. 

5. Ebenezer" Ware (January 28, 1767 — June 11, 1834), married March 9, 1807, in Mansfield, Betsy White of 

that place, who died May 25, 1813. Three children. He married second Lucinda (August 24, 1784— 
March 13, 1861), daughter of Seth and Susan Burr. Three children. 

6. Sarah WaTe, born June 12, 1770, married October 29, 1793, James Cheever of Wrentham. 

7. Cyrus Ware (August 20, 1777 — January 28, 1856), married in Wrentham March 27, 1803, Hannah Rich- 

ardson, who died in her 40th year March 29, 1819. Five children. 

10. Jemima 6 Ware, born May 17, 1731, married December 13, 1756, in Wrentham, Amos Cheever. 

Authorities : Register IV, 85 ; XLI, 21 ; Jameson's Medway, 439. 

61. - Maeah 4 Wight {Jonathan?, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 13, 1696, married Feb- 
ruary 24, 1719-20, John Whiting (62, Note 2) of Wrentham, born January 16, 1695. He died 
in Wrentham, February 13, 1755. Marah is called "Mary Whiting, widow," in the deed, 
in 1764, at 12. She seems then to have had but one child, Jonathan 3 Whiting. 

62. Jonathan* Wight {Jonathan*, Henry 2 , Tfiomas 1 ), born January 6, 1700, resided in 
Wrentham, where all his children were born. He married there February 13, 1720-1, 
Jemima Whiting. She died June 24, 1754, the mother of ten children. Jonathan married 
December 5, 1754, Mrs. Jerusha George. He is called yeoman in the deed at 12. His will 
was made March 11, 1773, he died March 26, 1773, and his will was approved April 9, 1773. 
Jerusha's will was made May 22, 1792; its probate February 5, 1793, approximates the date 
of her death. She mentions in her will the following persons, all descendants of her former 
marriage: her daughters Hannah Ware, and Jerusha Cox, her grandson George Farrington, 
her sons Thomas and John George. 

CHILDREN. 

150 1. Jonathan, born August 25, 1723, died in Wrentham, May 25, 1738. 

151 2. Jemima, born October 22, 1725. 

153.— 3. Benjamin, born December 12, 1727, died in Wrentham, May 29, 1744. 

153.— 4. Joseph, born December 29, 1729. 

154.— 5. Euphalet, born February 23, 1731, died in Wrentham, probably unmarried, November 

20, 1761. 

155.— 6. Elizabeth, born July 14, 1735. 

156.— 7. Susannah, born July 30, 1737. 

157.— 8. Timothy, born November 10, 1741. 

158.— 9. Zubiah (Zibiah, in record), born June 3, 1743, died in Wrentham, August 14, 1743. 

159 10. Olive, born November 29, 1745. 

160 11. Jerusha, born April 19, 1758, died in Wrentham. June 7, 1760. 

161 12. Matilda, born Mav 9 , 1761, died in Wrentham, March 13, 1762. 



Note 1. Signature to Jonathan's will : 



i flrK<^^^A/ r 



Thomas 1 ; Thomas 2 ; Joshua 3 ; Joshua 4 . 33 



Note 2. The Whitings : As to Nathaniel Whiting, of Dedham, his English antecedents, and probable connec- 
tion with other Whitings in this country, see Whiting's Rev. Samuel Whiting, 282. Nathaniel married in Dedham, 
November 4, 1643, Hannah Dwight. Among other children were two sons : 

1. Timothy Whiting, born January 5, 1653, by wife Sarah, had a son Nathaniel, born in Dedham, 

September 23, 16S8. He married April 6, 1712, Joanna Ellis, and became the father of John 
Whiting, born in Dedham, May 17, 1716. This last married in Dedham, April 20, 1738, Abigail 
White, and had a daughter Mary born March 13, 1752, who married Thomas^ Wight (244). 

2. John Whiting, born July 19, 1665, moved to Wrentham ; he married at Milton December 25, 1688, 

Mary Billings of Dorchester {Register, XXXVI, 20). They had at least John Whiting, who married 
Marah* Wight (61), and Jemima Whiting, who married Jonathan* Wight, above. 

63. Sarah 4 Wight {Jonathan?, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 19, 1703, chose Samuel 
Metcalf as her guardian in 1720, her father being then dead. She married in Wrentham, 
May 8, 1721, Thomas Dunham {Register, IV, 86). She, and any children she may have had, 
were doubtless dead in 1764, when the deed mentioned at 12 was made. 

64. Thomas 4 Wight {Eleazar*, Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born February 26, 1697, lived in the 
paternal homestead on Green street, Medfield. He married in Medfield May 23, 1745, Mary 
Richardson (399, Note), born in Medfield, August . 15, 1708. Thomas died in Medfield 
January 26, 1757, and on March 11 , 1757, his widow was appointed administratrix of his 
estate. His property included the homestead, the Warren homestead mentioned at 17, and 
other lands. Mary died in 1774. 

child. 

162.— 1. Lemuel, born in Medfield, September 16, 1746. 

Note. Thomas and his brother Eleazar were bondsmen of their kinsman Peter* Wight (108) in matters 
relating to the estate of Peter's lather, in 1747. Thomas' signature as such bondsman was : 



/Af*n . <^J f4/u?'J&j~ J 



65. Eleazar 4 Wight {Eleazar*, Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 18, 1701, married 
Mary, daughter of Nathaniel (1682— May 23, 1756) and Mary (Lovet) Morse, of Mendon, and 
grand-daughter of Nathaniel and Mary Morse of Sherborn (7, Note 2; Morse's Sherborn and 
HolUston, 179). Eleazar removed to Mendon, nevertheless he resided much of his life in 
Medway, as the births of his children and his own death are recorded in Medway. He is 
also included among the sixty-five citizens of Medway, who, June 17, 1745, in the French 
and Indian war were "impressed by Capt. Whiting and done service for his Majesty" (Jame- 
son's Medway, 212). He died October 2, 1754. 

children. 

163.— 1. James, born March 25, 1732. 

164 2. Relief, born January 5, 1734. 

165.— 3. Eleazar, born December 1, 1735. 

166.— 4. Thomas, born April 12, 1738, died in Medway June 14, 1749. 

166 o. 5. Mary, born November 25, 1743, died in Medway May 14, 1749. 

Note. His signature to the bond mentioned at 64, Note : 



f»fto***aj* ij/y^- 



67. Joshua 4 Wight {Joshua? , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 20, 1708, lived in Wind- 
ham, Conn. There seems no escaping the plain figures in Windham records which disclose 
the birth of his children when he was quite old. Perhaps owing to the extreme age and 
consequent helplessness of his parents, his marriage was deferred until his father's death. 
However that may be, the records show that Joshua Wight, Jr., married Mary Smith, 
November 16, 1762. They would seem to have moved to Vermont after the birth in Wind- 
ham of their five eldest children. That Harvey Wight was their child is conjectured on 
fair evidence, but must be taken tentatively. 

children. 

167.— 1. William, born November 3, 1763. 

167 a. 2. Elizabeth, born November 1, 1765, nothing known. 

167 b. 3. Susanna, born September 25, 1767, nothing known. 

. 168 — 4. John, born March 12, 1770. 

169.— 5. Ebenezer, born October 28, 1772. 

170.— 6. Harvey, born probably in Vermont, October 1779. 

Note. The aged fatherhood of Joshua Wight is not anomalous. Observe the instance, punctuated with 
many exclamation points, in Vinton's Vinton Memorial, 425, 426. In this case Josiah Green had a daughter born 
when he was over 7S years of age. She was 56 years younger than her oldest sister. Josiah Green had no less 
than 12 great grandchildren who were older than some of his children. Josiah had in all 14 children, of two 
marriages. He lived in Stoneham, Mass. 



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The Wights. 



68. Mary 4 Wight (Samuel 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ) born May 19, 1689, never married. She 
bought out her sister's interest in their father's home in Medfield, and occupied it. She 
died January 13, 1753. By tier will probated February 16, 1753, she gives plates that were 
her mother's, to her friends Captain Joseph Williams of Roxbury and Jonathan Mason of 
Sturbridge, and devises her father's place to her "beloved friend, Jonathan Allen," hus- 
band of her remote kinswoman Sarah 5 Ellis (22). The place is now owned by Mr. William C. 
Allen. (Tilden's Medfield, 513, 299). 

69. Hannah 4 Wight, (Samuel 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 6, 1691, relinquished 
to her sister her interest in their father's estate. She married June 30, 1718, John (1678-June 
27, 1745), son of John Ellis of Medfield. Hannah's husband owned a place a short distance 
south of Pound street, formerly Thomas Thurston's homestead. The cellar of the house is 
still visible. The lot fronted on the common or training field. Her husband dying without 
surviving children, Hannah gave the land where the house stood, to Medfield church on cer- 
tain conditions. It is still called the " church lot " Hannah's only child John 5 Ellis, born 
June 30, 1721, died Julv 11, 1721. Hannah Ellis married November 17, 1746, John Pratt (29, 
Note 2), and died in Medfield September 13, 1760. 

70'. Benjamin 4 Wight (Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , married Ruth, 

daughter of Moses Potter, of Scituate, R. I. Benjamin was a carpenter in Scituate; he built 
the first bridge over the north branch of the Pawtuxet, two miles above Hope, ever since 
known, by common mispronunciation, as White's Bridge. He lived and died about a quarter 
of a mile southwest of the bridge, in a house standing in 1810. He deeded land to his sons, 
John and William, in 1746, to his son Peter in 1757, to John again in 1761, and to his son 
Benjamin in 1772. " Benjamin Wight, yeoman," died in Scituate, June 2, 1772. His oldest 
son John was appointed administrator, John Fiske and Benjamin Wight being his bondsmen. 
The inventory of his estate was £30.19.5. On January 23, 1779, "William Wight, Benjamin 
Wight, Peter Wight and Peter Colvin received of John Wight, administrator of estate of 
Benjamin Wight, deceased, their honored father, their share in said estate." The children 
of Benjamin and Ruth were doubtless born in Scituate. All birth dates are lacking, but 
William was more than 80 years old in July, 1807. 

children. 

171.— 1. JOHN, born 

173.— 2. William, born 

173 3. Peter, born 

174. — 4. Benjamin, born 

175.— 5. Ruth, born 

Note. Moses Potter bad another daughter Mary, who married Benjamin Bennett, of Scituate. Benjamin 
and Mary bad, among 12 children, a daughter Albetheny, who married William 5 Wight (172). 

71. Jabez 4 Wight (Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born . His will, dated 
December 18, 1784, mentions neither wife nor child, but refers to his friend Lurana Wilbur 
and to his sister Anne Berry. He names his " cousins," i. e., nephews, John 5 , Benjamin 5 and 
Peter 5 (see 70), as among those to whom he gives all his wearing apparel. He died February 
16, 1790, and his will was probated March 22, 1790; the inventory of his estate footed up 
£9.17.0. He lived in Scituate, R. I. 

72. Silv anus 4 Wight (Benjamin 3 ^ Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born . His will, dated 
October 8, 1749, mentions his wife Abigail but no children. He died February 15, 1755, and 
his will was probated March 31, 1755. His brother Benjamin was one of the appraisers of 
his estate which inventoried £764. He lived in Scituate, R. I. His widow and Jeremiah 
Angell, both ol Scituate, intermarried July 16, 1769. 

74. Anne 4 Wight (Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , married December 
24, 1738, Joseph Berry, probably in Scituate. 

75. Sarah 4 Wight (Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , married May 20, 
1724, Thomas Barnes — the event being recorded in Providence. Her father Benjamin 3 , in 
his will in 1749, mentions his granddaughter Sarah 5 Barnes, but not her mother, from which 
I infer the death of the mother prior to 1749. This Thomas Barnes, born December 8, 1699, 
was own cousin of his wife, being the son of Thomas and Sarah (Stone) Barnes — the senior 
Thomas being brother of Sarah Barnes, who married Benjamin 3 Wight (33). (Austin's Gen. 
Bid. of R. I., at word Barnes.) 

76. Samuel 4 Wight (Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , is mentioned in 
his father's will in 1749 and received a conveyance of land from him in 1733, from which I 
infer that Samuel was of age at the latter date. He seems to have deeded land in Scituate 
by mark in 1761, with no wife's signature. Samuel Wight died September 30, 1763. Ben- 
jamin, his eldest brother, was appointed administrator. Inventory £502.17.10. 



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77. Mercy* Wight (Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 6, 1702, married Novem- 
ber 15, 1745, Edward, born 1688, son of John and Sarah (Adams) Turner, of Medfield. 
Edward was a very prominent man in Medfield affairs for many years — constable (or col- 
lector) in 1733, on the board of selectmen for 11 years and moderator at the town meetings. 
Upon his death, childless, December 21, 1774, his estate was given to his nephew Seth 5 , son 
of his brother Ebenezer by Esther 4 Clark (16). Mercy died in Medfield January 4, 1783. 
(Tilden's Medfield, 500.) 

78. Joseph* Wight (Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , Tlwmas 1 ), born January 14, 1704, married October 
22, 1729, in Boston (Samuel Checkley, Esq., officiating), Martha Thompson of Bellinghatn, at 
which place he lived and his children were born. Joseph was chosen deacon of the Baptist 
church February 14, 1755, and is known in Bellingham records as Deacon Joseph Wight, Jr. 
He is last mentioned in church records July 2, 1773, when at a regular meeting it was voted 
to dismiss him from serving as " princibal member to signe certifiticks." Martha died in 
Bellingham December 5, 1781, aged 76 years; Joseph died there April 25, 1792. 

CHILDREN. 

176. — 1. Samuel, born December 25, 1730 (surname spelled Wite). 

177. — 2. Abigail, born March 3, 1735. 

178. — 3. Peter, born February 14, 1737. died in Bellingham, August 12, 1749. 

179. — 4. Mercy, born July 8, 1740, died in Bellingham, December 26, 1741. 

180- — 5. Nathan, born January 26, 1743, died in Bellingham, February 5, 1743. 

181.— 6. Joseph, born June 8, 1749, died in Bellingham, August 25, 1749. 

82. Elnathan* Wight (Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 23, 1715, moved to 
Bellingham with his father, and on December 30, 1743, he bought 16 acres there from Deacon 
Joseph Holbrook for £49. " It appears from the town records that he had a part assigned 
him in the transaction of publick business before his preparations for the ministry com- 
menced. Being convinced of the necessity of education to the minister of the gospel, he 
thought it his duty to devote himself to study previous to his entering on the work. In con- 
templating this subject he had many discouragements to meet. He knew that money must 
be expended with little hope of receiving anything like a remuneration for his expendi- 
tures. He knew also that the prospect of being supported by his labors as a preacher were 
very small. In these trials he sought advice from ministers in the vicinity, but they refused 
to give him the direction and encouragement he desired and needed, because he did not 
agree with them on the mode and subjects of baptism. This was particularly afflicting to 
him, as he had none of his own denomination with whom he could consult. He commenced 
his studies some time this year (1746) under the Rev. Mr. Graham of Southbury, Connect., 
where he pursued them for more than three years. The languages and theology seem to 
have occupied most of the time. Mr. Graham was to him a friend and a father. Towards 
the close of the year 1749 he wished to obtain a license to preach. This he sought from 
Presbyterian or Congregational ministers, but they refused to license him. When he found 
he could not be licensed in this way, he, by the advice of Mr. Graham and others, set out on 
a journey to New Jersey, to obtain his desire from Baptist ministers, but he found obstruc- 
tions in the way and finally returned without reaching the place of his destination. Soon 
after his return he succeeded in obtaining from Pedobaptist ministers what he had before 
sought in vain. This was probably through the kindness of Mr. Graham, who had for a 
long time been his friend. After he was licensed he delayed to commence preaching for 
some time; and when he approached the time that he was to begin, his feelings were much 
depressed and his fears very great. He preached his first sermon March 4, 1750, and, not- 
withstanding his previous fears, when he came to preach he found much composure and satis- 
faction. May 28, 1750, he was requested by the church of this place (Bellingham) to supply 
them one month as a candidate. At the end of that term they gave him a call to become 
their pastor. August 27, same year, Mr. Wight accepted the call of this church and proceeded 
to preach to them. The small number of Baptists in this quarter at that time rendered it 
difficult to obtain assistance in ordaining Mr. Wight from his own denomination, in conse- 
quence of which application was made for the purpose to Presbyterian ministers; but they 
did not choose to ordain him. As Mr. Wight held to open communion he seems to have 
preferred being ordained by Congregational ministers, but he found that his Catholicism was 
not reciprocated. By these attempts Mr. Wight's ordination was deferred till 1755. On the 
14th day of January of this year a council was convened from two Baptist churches. The 
council was organized and proceeded to examine the candidate, and finding satisfaction they 
unanimously agreed to go forward with his ordination. From this time he continued to dis- 
charge his duty as a pastor with fidelity and acceptance till his death, which took place 
November 6, 1761. Thus he was suddenly cut off in the midst of his days in the 46th year 
of his age. Over his temper, which was naturally quick and irascible, he gained an ascend- 
ency which made him a pleasant and instructive companion. He was a studious man. 
Most, if not all, of his sermons were written out and he generally read them. They were full 
of good sense and very doctrinal. But, notwithstanding his studiousness, he laboured much 
with his own hands. His support was always small amounting at the most to about $40 or $50 
annually. His views of doctrine were highly Calvinistick, though not Antinomian. On the 



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subject of addressing the calls of the gospel to sinners in general, he agreed with those who 
hold what has been called general atonement. In regard to the mode and subjects of bap- 
tism he was a Baptist. It is necessary, however, to observe that he held to open communion 
especially in the fore part of his ministry. He tried much to unite the Congregationalists 
and Baptists, thinking, as he says, that the Baptists were uncharitable in refusing to com- 
mune with those who were members of Congregational churches. But his exertions were 
unavailing.'* Mr. Wight was a very conscientious man, and of distinguished piety, as is 
evident from his diary and from the inscription placed over his door, " I know that thou 
wilt bring me to death and to the house appointed for all living.' In his day Mr. Wight sus- 
tained the character of a steadfast, able, enlightened and evangelical preacher." (Fisher's 
Centennial Discourse.) The sermon at his ordination Rev. Elnathan himself preached and it 
was published. He was, especially in the early part of his ministry, an open communion 
Baptist. He was a man of eminently devout feelings, and his preaching was of a strictly 
evangelical type. He generally wrote his sermons and delivered them with the manuscript 
before him. (Sprague's Annals VI, 68.) An original sermon of Rev. Elnathan, owned by 
his descendant Gertrude Abbey 9 Wight, daughter of Charles Leonard 8 Wight (1798), of 
Chicago, is now lying before me. It is in the customary manner of the early New England 
discourses and has many subdivisions, in the last of which the preacher says he " shall 
endeavour some suitable improvement by way of application." The text is Isaiah L, 10. The 
sermon was preached July 20 1755. Rev. Elnathan married August 13, 1754, Abigail Blood. 
After his death his widow married August 15, 1764, Nathan Mann, of Wrentham, who the 
same year was appointed guardian of Elnathan's children. Upon the death of Mr. Mann she 
returned from Wrentham and resided with her son Eliab in Bellingham, where she died 
aged 84, February 26, 1802. "She was a woman of more than usual power and excellence." 

CHILDREN. 

182.— 1. Nathan, born in Bellingham, August 15, 1757. 
183 2. Eliab, born in Bellingham, June 29, 1760. 

Note. Abigail Blood's ancestry is as yet undiscovered. There were many Bloods in Groton and in Concord, 
Mass. For the early bearers of the name see Butler's Groton and Walcott's Concord. 

S3. Martha 4 Wight (Joseph?, Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 18, 1718, married at 
Bellingham May 22, 1735, Jonathan Wheelock (17, Note), born in Mendon July 21, 1713. The 
pair removed immediately to "No Town," described as a Gore between Brookfield and 
Oxford, which in 1754 was incorporated as Charlton, Worcester County, Mass. (Vinton's 
Vinton Memorial, 21.) Here their children were born, and here they died — Martha, August 
3, 1764, and Jonathan, July 26, 1783. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Rhoda 5 Wheelock, born November 14, 1736, married April 14, 1757, Abiathar Vinton. She died July 20, 1759 ; 

her child, Samuel 6 Vinton, died July 12, 1759. 

2. Jonathan 5 Wheelock, April 9, 1739— July 3, 1755. 

3. Asa 5 Wheelock, born October 2, 1741, removed to Calais, Vt. He married Rachel Dury in 1763. He died 

March, 1816. A son Amos 6 Wheelock, born March 5, 1772, married the widow Hannah (Streeter) Wheelock, 
below. She died March 21, 1812. 

4. Joseph 5 Wheelock. October 12, 1743— July 28, 1759. 

5. Azubah 5 Wheelock, born January 15, 1746, married in 1774 David Daggett in Charlton. 

6. Huldah 3 Wheelock, born February 9. 1748, married in 1768 Ebenezer Town in Charlton. 

7. Peter 3 Wheelock, born February 16, 1750, married Olive Wheelock, Lydia Green and Mary Tobey. Sixteen 

children. 

8. Marcy 3 Wheelock, April 24, 1752— July 26, 1759. 

9. Amos 5 Wheelock, June 25, 1754 — July 14, 1759. 
lO.Jonathan 5 Wheelock, September 24, 1756— July 7, 1759. 

ll.Eli 5 Wheelock, born July 7, 1760, a miller and brewer in Charlton, married March 14, 1782, Hannah, daughter of 

Daniel and Mary (Jones) Streeter. Eli resided always in Charlton where his children were born, and where 

he died September 18. 1797. His widow married Amos 6 Wheelock, above. Eli had eight children, including : 

7. Hiram 6 Wheelock, born July 17, 1794, lived in Sturbridge, Warren, Newton and Boston ; he married in 

Sturbridge May 15, 1814, Fanny, born December 12, 1793, daughter of Dr. Jacob and Matilda Corey. 

(Sturbridge Printed Records, 81, 45). Fanny died in Boston June 28, 1839. Hiram married September 

9, 1840, Katherine Brattle Bascom born April 18, 1810, daughter of Rev. William and Katherine 

Brattle (Gannett) Bascom, and a descendant of Jacob Wendell, Peter Oliver, Samuel Bradstreet, 

Thomas Brattle and Nathaniel Saltonstall (Harris' New England Ancestors, 19). Hiram Wheelock 

died in Boston, August 15, 1857. He had been for many years colonel in the state militia. Nine 

children including : 

1. Matilda Corey 7 Wheelock (December 31, 1814— April 3, 1839) married June 28, 1837, Alfred 

Dwight, who in 1887 resided in Detroit, Mich. 

1. Francis Matilda s Dwight, born March 15, 1839, married November 24, 1863, Cleophas A. 
Moross. 

2. Martha Smith 7 Wheelock, born June 6, 1817, married, July 20, 1848, Henry M. Matthews, a sur- 

geon in the army, who died in Tombstone, Arizona, February 5, 1886. She is (1887) living in 
St. Louis, Mo. Six children. 

3. Mary Jones 7 Wheelock, born June 6, 1817, resides (1887) Newton, Mass., unmarried. 

5. Edwards Whipple 7 Wheelock (September 19, 1824— October 9, 1867) married in 1850, Caroline 
Elizabeth Keith and died in St. Louis. A daughter Fanny Eugenia 8 Wheelock, born May 3, 
1851, married, November 17, 1873, Francis G. L. Henderson and resides (1887) at Newton. 

9. Katherine Brattle 7 Wheelock, born July 9, 1842, married October 5, 1864, Edward Doubleday 
Harris, born September 20, 1839, an architect of Boston and New York, with residence at 
Yonkers, N. Y. He is a member of the Mass. Historical Society and of the New England 
Historic-Genealogical Society and the author of several works on genealogical subjects. 
See Morse's Sherborn and Solliston, 134; Register XXII, 487. 



Thomas 1 ; Samuel 2 ; Jonathan 3 ; John*. 37 

1. Katherine Brattle 8 Harris, born in Cambridge, Mass., September 26, 1870. 

2. William Cary 8 Harris, born in Brooklyn, N. Y., June 25, 1888 

8. Eli 8 Wheelock, born June 28, 1797, settled in Sturbridge; he married in March 1821, Marcia Ann Ban- 
nister, who died in Sturbridge October 18, 182 1; he married, 1823, Caroline Parsons Field, and died 
childless in Sturbridge November 9, 1833. His widow married January 18, 1888, Jesse Bliss of West 
Brookfield, and died aged 86, April 22, 1881 (.Harris' New England Ancestors, 30.) 

84. Keziah 4 Wight (Joseph 8 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 25, 1724, married April 
26, 1748, Ebenezer Holbrook, of Mendon, born June 3, 1717, son of Eliphalet and Hannab 
(Rockwood) Holbrook, and grandson of Deacon Peter Holbrook, of Braintree and Mendon, 
whose ancestry is traced in Vinton's Vinton Memorial, 337 ; Morse's Sherborn and Holliston, 
129; Harris' New England Ancestors, 9. Ebenezer Holbrook and family lived in Mendon. 
Keziah's date of death is not given, but her husband remarried September 27, 1757. Keziah's 
name is found in Bellingham records as Keziah White (so also in Morse's Sherborn and Hol- 
liston, 129), but it is correctly spelled in her marriage intention which was filed February 12, 
1748. Ebenezer Holbrook was a brother of Eliphalet at 177. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Abigail 5 Holbrook, born May 22, 1749. 

2. Elioenai 5 Holbrook, born June 29, 1750, given as a daughter's name, but in the Bible (I Chron. Ill, 23, 24) it is 

masculine. 

3. Ziba 5 Holbrook, born August 8, 1752. 

4. Darius 5 Holbrook, born January 8, 1754, resided in Bellingham with wife Olive and two children. 

5. Ebenezer 5 Holbrook, April 7, 1755— August 30, 1764. 

85. Jonathan 4 Wight (Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 11, 1705, married in 
Medfield, November 22, 1732, Sarah Plimpton, born October 23, 1711 (86, Note; 46, Note 2). 
On that same November day, by the same minister, Rev. Mr. Baxter, doubtless at the same 
place, Sarah Plimpton's mother, widow Mary Plimpton, married Lieut. Jabez Pond (46, 
Note 2), of Dedham. The same year Jonathan Wight bought from David Ellis the old Part- 
ridge estate at the corner of North and Railroad streets, Medfield, and 1746 he bought from 
Edward 4 Partridge (37) the portion of the Partridge estate adjoining him on the north and 
the buildings thereupon (Tilden's Medfield, 515). Jonathan was a carpenter by trade, and a 
thrifty man he must have been, for he brought up a family of twelve children and sent at least 
three of them to college. He was selectman in 1747 and 1752. Jonathan made his will January 14, 
1782, appointing his sons Jonathan and Aaron his executors. He died in Medfield March 13, 
1782, and his will was approved April 2, 1782— inventorv £392.16.6. His widow died in Med- 
field July 28, 1798. 

CHILDREN. 

184.— 1. David, born August 16, 1733. 
185. — 2. Jonathan, born November 9, 1734. 
. 186 — 3. Sarah, born January 4, 1736. 
187 — 4. Simeon, born October 25, 1737, died November 7, 1787 in Medfield. 

188 5. Lois, born October 11, 1738. 

189 6. Eunice, born July 9, 1740. 

190 7. Moses, born February 24, 1742, died September 22, 1742, in Medfield. 

191 — 8. Aaron, born February 24, 1742. 
193.— 9. Silence, born December 11, 1743. 
193.— 10. Moses, born October 30, 1745. 
194.— 11. Thankful, born December 8, 1747. 
195—12. Simeon, born March 20, 1750. 
196.— 18. Henry, born May 26, 1752. 
197.— 14. Job, born March 9, 1755. 

Note 1. Jonathan's signature to his will : 



f^^K <$U- 



Note S. The date of death of Simeon (187) is given from, his brother Henry's Manuscript Genealogy, 4 ; Med- 
field records say November 17. The longevity of these children is somewhat remarkable, and was commented 
upon in several New England journals early in this century as the various deaths occurred. Omitting Simeon 
(187) and Moses (190) who died in infancy, and Simeon (195) who was killed in the revolution, the ages of the 
eleven remaining children aggregate 893 years and average 81 2-11 years. 

Note 3. The name of David was brought into the Medfield Wight families by Sarah Plimpton, Jonathan's 
wife, in remembrance of her brother David, who died in 1731 (Chase's Plimpton Family, 81). It has been handed 
down through six generations. 

86. John 4 Wight (Jonathan 8 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born August 12, 1708, married in Med- 
field, February 12, 1735, Mary Plimpton (46, Note 2), born October 8, 1707. He lived on North 
St., Medfield, at the place now owned by Mr. Noah Allen. It had belonged to Mary 8 Wight 
(16) who married Captain Joseph Clark. It fell in 1732 to her daughters Mary 4 and Hepsi- 
bah 4 , who doubtless soon after sold it to this John Wight, as he was occupying it about that 
year. In 1746 he purchased a portion of the Edward Partridge homestead lying near him. 



3§ 



The Wights. 



In 1762 he bought the saw mill which stood near the present railroad junction. (Tilden's 
Medfield, 515, 516.) He died in Medfield, December 12, 1770, intestate, and his widow was 
appointed administratrix February 15, 1771. She died November 15, 1781. (Chase's Plimpton 
Family, 81.) In Medfield were born their 

CHILDREN. 

198 — 1, John, born March 29, 1786. 

199.— 2. Aaron, born August 19, 1737, died in Medfield October 23, 1737. 

200 — 3. Jabez, born September 25, 1738, died in Medfield June 11, 1740. 

301. — I. Abigail, born January 12, 1741, was living unmarried in 1782. 

202.— 5. Asa, born November 30, 1742. 

203 — 6. Molly, born October 31, 1747, died in Medfield June 22, 1748. 

204. — 7. Mary, born November 12, 1752. 

Note. The Plimptons : John Plimpton, tailor, was in Roxbury 1640, and in Dedham 1643. On March IS, 
1644, he there married Jane Damon. In 1652 he was in Medfield and in 1673 in Deerfield. He was captured in 
1677 by the Indians and is believed to have been murdered by them near Chambly, Canada (Register XXXVI, 365 ; 
Chase's Plimpton Family, 28). See this last authority for the early English Plimptons. Among John's thirteen 
children were three : 

1. John Plimpton (June 16, 1650— January 13, 1704-5), a celebrated Indian fighter. He married Elizabeth 

Fisher and had, with others, John and Henry Plimpton. 

A. John (May 17, 1680-1730) married, 1707, Susanna Draper, and had James, born December 4, 1709, 

died Aug. 29, 1784. He had a son James (1742— April 6, 1808) who married November SO, 1768, 
Esther Ormsby of Medfield. They remdved to Sturbridge, Mass. Their son Deacon Joel 
Plimpton (September 24, 1771 — June 16, 1849) of Sturbridge, married Jemima Hamant — parents 
of James Plimpton, busband of Lucys Harding (908). Elijah Plimpton (September 12, 1750— 
June 8, 1817), a younger son of the James who was born in 1709, remained in Medfield, and 
married, 1774. Mary, daughter of Nathan and Mary (Smith) Pond. Elijah's son Willard 
(November 25, 1794 — November 5, 1877) married, 1820, Eunice, daughter of Deacon Isaac Pratt 
of Foxboro. Their son Willard Pratt Plimpton, born May 7, 1821, married Clarissa Maria 8 
Wight (1843). Another son of John and Susanna (Draper) 'Plimpton was Col. Daniel Plimp- 
ton of Sturbridge, husband of Deborah 5 Smith (37). 

B. Henry (December 19, 1684— March 24, 1731) married Mary Smith (46, Note 2), and had Mary 

Plimpton (86), Sarah Plimpton (85) and Henry Plimpton (August 1, 1714— January 6, 1805). 
This last married July 11, 1734, Anne Pond (July 6, 1713— February 4, 1750) and had David 
Plimpton, who married Sarah 5 Wight (186). 

2. Joseph Plimpton (October 17, 1653— June 22, 1702) married, 1675, Mary Morse. Their eldest son Joseph 

(1677-1740) married Priscilla Partridge and had with others, Simon (February 10, 1706-7 — 1798) and 
Joseph (March 8, 1712-3—1773) Plimpton. Simon married May 13, 1735, Ruth Morse and had Silas 
Plimpton (July 30, 1738— January 14, 1818) husband of Esthers Clark (20), and Captain Ezekiel Plimp- 
ton (June 7, 1748— January -2, 1817) whose daughter Sibyl married ZechariahT Lovell (21). Simon's 
brother Joseph married Elizabeth Metcalf and had Benjamin Plimpton (April 19, 1752— July 3, 1820) 
who married, in 1784, Milly Rhodes of Walpole. Benjamin's youngest child Jael Plimpton, married 
Warren? Chenery (16). 

3. Mehetabel Plimpton, born September 15, 1655, married September 28, 1676, Ephraim Hinsdale, who 

died August 20, 1681. Their daughter Mehetabel Hinsdale married Nathaniel 3 Wight (41). 

87. Samuel* Wight (Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 3, 1711, lived in 
Wrentham and Bellingham. In the former town is recorded his marriage September 8, 
1747, to Margaret Little, of Medfield. He was living at his father's death in 1779, but nothing 
further has yet been discovered concerning him or his wife. 

CHILDREN. 

205 — 1. Samuel, born in Wrentham June 21, 1748. 
206 — 2. Tamar, born in Wrentham, May 17, 1750. 
207.— 3. Ahaz, born in Bellingham January 30, 1765. 

88. Phebe* Wight (Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 14, 1713, married May 
17, 1740, Eleazar, born in Dedham, May 27, 1713, son of Eleazer and Mary (Battelle) Allen. 
The family resided in Dedham where her children were born. Soon after the birth of her 
child Eebecca, Phebe died and her husband remarried. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Amy 5 Allen (Ame Ailing in record), born July 3, 1746. 

2. Sybil 5 Allen, born December 4, 1749, married July 13, 1774, Ephraim Willson of Dedham. The births of two 

children are recorded in Dedham : Ephraim" Willson, born December 2, 1775, and Nathaniel 6 Willson, born 
August 25, 1779, 

3. Rebecca 5 Allen, born October 18, 1754, died young. 

90. Benjamin 4 Wight (Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born June 5, 1720, seems not to 
have married until he was 56 years of age. He married (intention filed in Dedham October 
11, 1776,) Lydia Draper, born May 22, 1756, in Dedham, daughter of John, Jr., and Abigail 
Draper, of Dedham. Benjamin and Lydia died childless and paupers in Dedham, the for- 
mer February 10, 1800, and the latter January 5, 1815. 

92. William* Wight (Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 2, 1725, married 
November 16, 1748, Susanna Bullard, born October 28, 1722, daughter of Ebenezer and 
Susanna Bullard, of Medfield. In 1756 William was living with or near his father, on Canal 
St., Medfield. In 1759 he sold " one half the home place now occupied by father Jonathan 
Wight" to John"' Wight (198). About the same year William removed to Natick where his 
son Jabez was born. The remaining children were born_in Medfield. See 100. 



Thomas 1 ; Ephraim 2 ; Nathaniel 3 ; Mehetabel 4 . 39 

CHILDREN. 

308 1. Margaret, born October 1, 1749, nothing known. 

309.— 2. Silence, born June 1, 1752, justly named for she died the same day. 

310.— 8. Oliver, born November 5, 1753. 

311 4. Abner, born August 26, 1756. 

313.— 5. Rhoda, born October 1, 1758, nothing known. 

313.— 6. Jabez, born May 27, 1761. 

93. Margaret* Wight (Jonathan*, Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 16, 1729, married 
January 2, 1753, Joseph Fisher of Wrentham. She was not living when her father's will was 
made in 1770. 

97. Seth 4 Wight (Ephraim 11 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 9, 1709, purchased in 
1786 from Jonathan Mason the latter's residence in Dedham, but seems to have lived in 
Medfield with his brother Caleb 4 Wight (98) on Farm St. Medfield. He married there 
March 10, 1741, Sarah Pratt (29, Note 2), born August 18, 1718. She died in Medfield October 
12, 1746. On March 14, 1751, he married Hannah Morse, born May 2, 1712. Seth was select- 
man of Medfield in 1754. He made bis will appointing his son Seth his executor May 25, 
1779, and died in February 1780. His will was probated April 28, 1780. Hannah Wight's 
death is not found. Seth's" children were born in Medfield. 

children. 

314.— 1. Joel, born December 27, 1741. 

315.— 2. Olive, often "Aliph" in the records, born August 21, 1743. 

316.— 3. Nahum. born Mav 15, 1745. 

317.— 4. Eneas, born December 16, 1751, died in Medfield, July 31, 1752. 

318.— 5. Seth, born January 2, 1753. 

319 6. Sarah, born February 28, 1758, was living unmarried in 1779. 

Note 1. Joel, Olive and Nahum, receiving property from their grandfather Pratt, had their father appointed 
their guardian May 24, 1754. Signature to the will of Seth Wight : 



c /4^f 2cr£&fi& 



Note 2. Hannah Morse was daughter of Deacon David Morse of Medfield, who was baptized May 24, 1683 
and died September 6, 1771. Hannah's mother was Experience Sabin, who was married August 22, 1705, and died 
September 9, 1771. Experience Sabin's father Benjamin was brother of Hannah Sabin, who married Joseph 
Allen (40). Deacon David Morse was son of Ezra and Joanna (Hoare) Morse (7, Note 2). 

98. Caleb 4 Wight (Ephraim?, Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 21, 1711, inherited his 
father's homestead on Farm street, Medfield, and lived there a bachelor. (Tilden's Medfield, 
514). His will was made September 16, 1776, he died in Medfield, March 28, 1777, and his 
will was proved May 30, 1777. By his will he devises his homestead to his nephew Nahum 5 
Wight (216). His " cousins," i. e., nephews, Joel and Nahum, are appointed his executors. 

99. Ruth 4 Wight (Ephraim 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born June 23, 1713, married Septem- 
ber 9, 1740, Samuel Fisher of Medway. He was a remote descendant of Anthony Fisher of 
Syleham (7, Note 2). 

descendants. 

1. Obed 5 Fisher, born in Medway 1755, but lived in Medfield and died there 1844. He married, 

1785, Catherine (1755-1797) daughter and eventual heir of Robert Hinsdale. Obed was selectman of Med- 
field, 1794, '95, '99, 1800, '04, '12 ; and town treasurer 8 years. He was deacon of First Parish Church from 
1795, till his resignation, 1825, and was a constituent member of the Orthodox church in 1828. 

1. Hinsdalee Fisher (1789-1869), married, 1809, Betsev 7 Ellis (33), taught school in the North and South 

districts, Medfield, 1808-1816, selectman 1833, '34, '39-42, '46, '48, town treasurer 2 years, town clerk 9 
years, and representative to legislature in 1844. He was a deacon in the Orthodox church. 

2. Catherines Fisher, born 1789, married 1808, Nathan? Allen (30). 

100. Mary 4 Wight (Ephraim 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ) born November 10, 1717, married 
September 29. 1742, Ebenezer, son of Ebenezer Bullard. The marriage is given in the Med- 
way records, where the parties are said to be of Medfield. They are later said to be of North 
Ipswich, Mass. Ebenezer Bullard, Jr., was brother of Susanna Bullard who married Wil- 
liam 4 Wight (92). 

101. Mehetabel 4 Wight (Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , TJiomas 1 ), born October 4, 1707, removed 
with her father from Medway to Killingly, Conn., where as the church records show, she 
married Barsom Stone, March 22, 1738. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Marston Cabot 
of Thompson. Mehetabel's future history is obscure. She was probably dead in 1768, see 
41. She had at least one child Mehetabel 5 Stone, who, April 29, 1770, married her cousin 
Jacob 5 Wight (232). 



4-o The Wights. 



102. Eliphalet 4 Wight (Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 16, 1711, removed 
with his father from Medway to Killingly, Conn. His first wife Lydia was the mother of the 
children named below. In 1761 Dr. James Gleason, a physician of Killingly, sold Eliphalet 
twenty acres of land with dwelling house. The records of Thompson parish church contain 
the marriage of Eliphalet to Abigail Plummer, August 24, 1763. Eliphalet Wight, with his 
brothers Levi and John, took an active part in the movements in northern Connecticut, 
which resulted in the formation of Baptist churches. Jeremiah Barstow of Sturbridge, was 
probably the first to proclaim in Thompson the doctrine of believer's baptism by immersion. 
Arising in Kev. Mr. Cabot's church one Sunday in 1748, after the sermon, he desired liberty 
to relate his experience. Mr. Cabot promptly denied the request and the presumptuous in- 
truder was "turned out of the meeting-house." He persisted in exhorting the people before 
the doors, was arrested and endured a month's imprisonment. This treatment aroused sym- 
pathy and called public attention to Barstow's principles. Other Baptist exhorters appeared 
in Thompson. Meetings were held, principles discussed, and soon a considerable number 
declared themselves Baptists and probably united with the Baptist church of Leicester, 
Mass., as they refused to pay rates for Mr. Cabot's support. These Baptists being arrested 
for holding unlawful meetings retaliated by bringing actions against the civil authority for 
rioting, and being ''strained upon for rates," they claimed the benefit of the Toleration Act, 
and appealed to the County Court at Windham. Their plea was allowed and exemption 
granted. The defeated party, the regular society, was obliged " to pay the Baptists the 
charges they were put to for being strained on for rates," and " for traveling to Windham," 
and appointed a committee to make the best terms they could with the victors. The rates of 
several Baptists, including Eliphalet, Levi and John Wight, were then formally abated. 
Having thus gained a footing the Baptists were organized as a distinct church in Thompson, 
in 1750, upon the six principles of Christ's doctrine (Hebrews VI, 1, 2), and were known as 
Six-Principles Baptists. This body after many trials and struggles became extinct about 1770, 
upon the removal of the pastor and some leading brethren to Boyalston, Mass. (Larned's 
Windham County I, 464; II, 84). Eliphalet is not traceable further. He may have removed 
to Royalston or elsewhere, or he may have died. His name does not appear with his 
brothers Levi and John among the petitioners for a new Baptist church in 1773. 

CHILDEEN. 

220. — 1. Eunice, born September 21, 1746, nothing known. 
281.— 2. Jacob, born November 8, 1748. 

103. Levi* Wight {Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 24, 1712, is traceable 
by means of an ancient and dilapidated record sent me by Miles Wight 7 Weaver (496). I dis- 
cover from this document the following: " Killingly December the 1 day, 1742, Levi Wight 
and Susannah Bastow was married together." I am informed that this name is still found in 
Killingly, but spelled without the final w. Levi's name occurs frequently in the record of 
Killingly land transactions. In 1755 he sold his residence to Jacob Wightman. For Levi's 
connection w T ith the secession of the Baptists from the Parish church, see 102. He was one 
of the petitioners, who in the summer of 1773, asked the church in Leicester, Mass., for per- 
mission to embody as a distinct Baptist church, not however the Six-Principles Church. 
Leave was granted and on September 9, 1773, " Levy White " and others signed the covenant 
of the new church. (Larned's Windham County II, 85.) The date of Levi's removal to Ox- 
ford, Mass., is not known, but it was probably before the erection in 1785, of the town of 
Thompson, which had hitherto been a parish of Killingly. Levi and his wife both died in 
Oxford; " Susannah died June 29 day, 1787, aged 64 years in the month of July following," 

( Weaver Manuscript), and " Levi Wight died 16 day. 1797, in the eighty-fifth year 

of his age," ( Weaver Manuscript, the month being torn off). The births of six of their chil- 
dren are given in the Killingly town records. I indicate the discrepancies between these 
records and the Weaver Manuscript. 

CHILDREN. 

222 1. Uzziel, born September 23, 1743, died November 25. 1745; "lived 2 years, 2 months, 2 

days." 

223. — 2. Uzziel (Oziel, in town record), born November 6, 1745, died in November, 1762. 

224. — 3. Olive, born July 9 (in town record, 8), 1748. 

225.— 4. Huldah, born November 16, 1750. 

226.— 5. John, born November 2, 1752. 

227.— 6. Lydia, born October 25 (in town record, 17), 1754. 

228 7. Abigail, born January 30, 1757. 

229 8. Levi, born March 24, 1759, died next day. 

230.— 9. Levi, born in Thompson, July 3, 1761. 

231.— 10. Caleb, born September 14, 1763. 

Note. The children of the above four daughters are not all known. Their nephew, Lyman« Wight (493), 
states that his four aunts had 46 children. 

104. John' 1 Wight (Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , removed 
with his father's family to Killingly, Conn. His connection with the Six-Principles Baptist 
Church in Thompson is related at 102. His name appears as John White among the 
members of the new Baptist Church in Thompson, established in 1773. He doubtless 



Thomas 1 ; Ephraim 2 ; Daniel 3 ; Ephraim 4 . 41 

removed from the town before 1785, the year of the organization of the town of Thompson. 
No Wights or Whites appear in the town in that year. (Larned's Windham County, II, 344.) 
The statistics of this family are very meager. I have heard John had another son besides 
Jacob, but the name even is wanting. I provide for him a number in case he should ever be 
discovered. 

CHILDREN. 

332.— 1. Jacob, born 
333.-2. 

106. Sarah 4 Wight (Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim", Thomas 1 ), born August 29, 1718, was living 
an unmarried woman in Killingly in 1768, in which year she entered into the agreement 
mentioned at 41. In 1769 she and her sister Deborah sold land to their nephew Jacob 5 
Wight (221). -As Sarah White she assisted in forming the new Baptist church in 1773; see 
103. She then fades from our view. 

107. Deborah 4 Wight {Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 8, 1720, married 
in Killingly November 30, 1757, Joseph Davis, a widower. She was a widow in 1768 when 
she entered into the agreement mentioned at 41. She joined her sister Sarah in 1769 in a 
sale of land to their nephew Jacob 5 Wight (221). The widow Deborah Davis appears as one 
of the members of the new Baptist church formed in 1773; see 103. 

108. Peter 4 Wight (Daniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 21, 1722, married October 
12, 1752 his remote cousin Mary 5 Barber (21), of Medfield. He was the last Wight to own 
and occupy the Medfield homestead of his ancestor Thomas 1 Wight. For the facts see page 
6, ante. Peter moved to Medway in 1762 and lived upon the place which he obtained by 
exchange from John Hooker. He was a member of Captain Josiah Fuller's company, in 
Colonel Wheelock's regiment, which marched from Medway to Providence, R. I., on the 
alarm December 8, 1776. (Jameson's Medway, 217.) By trade Peter was a blacksmith. He 
died March 16, 1800. Mary, his wife, was living in 1798; her death is not found. 

CHILDREN. 

334 — 1. Daniel, born October 4, 1753. 
335.-2. Dinah, born April 15, 1758. 
Note. Peter's name signed to papers relative to his father's estate in 1747 : 



0-Ue>f^ TVif&f 



110. Ephraim 4 Wight (Daniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born June 26, 1729, removed from 
Medfield to Sturbridge and married Abigail Upham in the latter town December 21, 1752. 
(Sturbridge Printed Records, 66.) In 1755, under the name of Wite, he was one of the Brim- 
field volunteers in Captain Burt's company in the French and Indian war. (Hyde's Brimfield, 
339.) In the Crown Point Expedition of 1756 he was a corporal in Capt. Tristram Davis' 
company from Brimfield. (Hyde's Brimfield, 340.) On January 6, 1759, his wife died in Stur- 
bridge, and September 11, 1759, he married Eunice Howard of the same place. (Sturbridge 
Printed Records, 86, 67.) On February 21, 1764, he mortgaged to Comfort, daughter of Peter 
Domo, a tract described as in "ye northwest part of ye Great Meadow," perhaps a part of 
the Peter Domo estate in South Hadley. (Judd and Boltwood's Hadley, 297.) How the title 
to this tract vested in Ephraim does not appear. This mortgage, recorded in Springfield, is 
not yet satisfied of record. In 1774 Ephraim was living in Wilbraham, where he and his 
son Ephraim signed the non-consumption pledge, dated June 23, 1774, agreeing not to pur- 
chase or consume goods arriving from Great Britain. (History of the Conn. Valley in Mass.; 
Stebbins' Wilbraham, 232.) In 1775 he and the same son were eight month's men in Capt. 
Paul Langdon's Company (Register XXX, 34), from Wilbraham engaged in the siege of Boston 
after the Lexington alarm. (Stebbins' Wilbraham, 234.) On February 7, 1776, Ephraim and 
his wife Eunice conveyed to Charles Eddy (all the parties being of Wilbraham) certain land 
and buildings in Wilbraham, near Monson, perhaps now in Hampden. This is our last ref- 
erence to Eunice. On July 30, 1780, Ephraim Wight, yeoman, conveyed to his son Ephraim, 
both of Monson, in consideration of the love he bore him, a tract of land and interest in 
mills known as the Gates property, now in the south part of Wilbraham. This property was 
for several years the Ephraim Wight homestead. Until recently a woolen mill and shops 
with water power were operated there. On January 5, 1786, Ephraim quitted to his son all 
interest in the Gates property. This is the last known of Ephraim. His death and that of 
Eunice, his wife, have been sought in vain. The births of Ephraim's three children are 
recorded in Sturbridge as Whites. (Sturbridge Printed Records, 10, 11, 14.) 



CHILDREN. 



336.— 1. Ephraim, born February 25, 1754. 

237 — 2. Lydia, born January 27, 1756, died in Sturbridge May 16, 1759. 

238.-3. Lydia, born May 2, 1760 ; thus Ephraim showed his love for Lydia, his mother. 
Note. Benjamin Wight, who appears in Stebbins' Wilbraham, 199, and in other places as a settler in Wilbra- 
ham in 1740, before its incorporation, and Henry Wight, who appears once in the records and in Stebbins' 
Wilbraham, 222, as the father of an unnamed son born in March, 1763, are both misspellings of Wrights. 



CHAPTER V. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

112. Joseph 5 Wight (Joseph*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 7, 1710, married 
in Dedham January 13, 1734, Miriam Stanley. Joseph resided in Dedham and his children 
were born there. His will, naming his sons, Thomas and Henry, executors, was made April 
10, 1780, and proved February 28, 1786, but the date of Joseph's death does not appear in the 
records. Miriam, who united with the Dedham church August 10, 1735, died in Dedham, 
aged 86, " of old age," January 3, 1797. (Hill's Dedham Records, II, 81, 101.) 

CHILDREN. 

239.— 1. Anna, born March 12 1735, baptized August 10, 1735. 

240.— 2. Miriam, born December 5, 1736, baptized February 6, 1736-7. 

241.— 8. Henry, born November 11, 1738, baptized November 12, 1738. 

242 — 1. Joseph, born December 17, 1740, baptized January 25, 1740-1. 

243.-5. Samuel, born January 2, 1742, baptized January 9, 1742. 

244.-6. Thomas, born February 23, 1744, baptised February 24, 1744. 

245. — 7. Sarah, born October 25, 1747, baptized November, 1, 1747, died a babe. 

246 — 8. William, born September, 1750, baptized September 30, 1750, died April 27, 1752. 

247.-9. Sarah, born October 1, 1753, baptized October 7, 1753. 
Note 1. Signature to Joseph Wight's will : 



iw^ 4<jfa?- 



Note 2. The record of Miriam Stanley's marriage (Hill's Dedham records, I, 61,) states that she was of Dedham. 
I do not find any Stanley family in the records, however. The only other Stanley mentioned in either church 
or town records is a Sarah Stanley, a member of the south parish church, who died in 1744. 

114. Benoni 5 Wight (Nathaniel 4 ', Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 18, 1721, 
married in Wrentham, April 19, 1750, Sarah Thayer, of that place. They resided in Wrent- 
ham, where it is presumed all their children were born, although there is t record only of the 
three youngest. Benoni died in 1775. His estate amounted to £400.11.7. His daughter 
Ruth chose James Metcalf her guardian, March 4, 1775. The widow was appointed guardian 
of her son David in 1776. Her death is not found. 

children. 

248 — 1. Nathaniel, born August 20, 1753. 

249.-2. Elizabeth, born January 24, 1755, died in Wrentham November 14, 1756. 

250. — 3. Jabez, born December 1, 1756. 

251. — 4. Jonathan, born September 7, 1758. 

252. — 5. David, born March 25, 1761, was living in Barnard, Vt., in 1824. 

253.-6. Elias, born April 25, 1764, seems to have died young. 

254.-7. Ruth, born October 17, 1765, nothing known after 1788, see 117. 

115. Mary 5 Wight (Nathaniel*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 11, 1726, 
married in Dedham, June 17, 1746, William Everden (Everdon), of Dedham, and had a 
daughter Mary Everden, born October 24, 1749. (Hill's Dedham Records, I, 75, 79.) William 
may have belonged to the Dorchester or Charlestown families of that name (Register XVI, 
80; XXVI, 249), but his paternity and the subsequent history of himself, his wife and his 
daughter are unknown to me. 

117. James 5 Wight (Nathaniel*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 9, 1730, married 
in Wrentham, March 31, 1779, Esther, widow of Samuel Hancock. His will, made May 10, 
1788, mentions no children. He died June 8, 1788, and his widow died October 29, 1794 — both 
in Wrentham. His will names his son-in-law (stepson), Joel Hancock, and his cousins 
(nephews and niece), Nathaniel, Jabez, Jonathan, David and Ruth Wight and Hephzibeh 
Ware. His estate inventoried £212.0.4. The signature to his will: 




'm^c? 




121. Subiah 5 Wight (Ebenezer*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 26, 1743, married 
March 9, 1768, Zaccheus Hawes, of Sherborn and Dedham. The family resided in Dedham, 
and Subiah died January 16, 1835. There are such discrepancies between the birth dates of 
her children, as given in the Dedham records and in Wight's Wight Family that I print both 
lists without attempting to reconcile them: 



Fifth Generation. 43 



children (Wight's Wight Family, 82). children (Hill's Dedham Records, I, 133). 

1. Lucy 6 Ha wes, born January 10, 1769. 1. Lucy" Hawes, born January 10— (in Sherborn). 

2. Sally 6 Hawes, born May 3, 1776. 2. Salley 6 Hawes, born January 9 1777. 

3. Ebenezer 6 Hawes, born May 14, 1778. 3. Cloe 6 Hawes, born November 4, 1779. 

4. Chloe 6 Hawes. born Jnne 5, 1780. 4. Ebenezer 6 Hawes, born October 10, 1781. 

5. Joab 6 Hawes, born April 17, 1782. (No Joab printed.) 

The Declham records show the filing of the intentions of marriage of Eleazar Perry and Sally Hawes, both 
of Dedham, on July 29, 1801, and tbe marriage of the same parties as having taken place September 30, 1800— ten 
months before the filing. The ceremony was by "Ebenezer Wight, Esquire," (125), (Hill's Dedham records, I, 
169, 208.) 

122. Mary 5 Wight (Ebenezer 4 ", Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born February 2, 1745, married 
May 13, 1762, John, son of John and Hannah Healy. "John, son of John & Hannah Hely, 
of Koxbury " was baptized in the Dedham church January 6, 1733-4. (Hill's Dedham Records, 
II, 47.) Mary's eldest child was born in Dedham and tbe eldest nine were all baptized 
there. On July 27, 1780, John and his wife Mary were dismissed " to church soon to be 
gathered in a town called Washington." This was in New Hampshire whither the family 
removed in 1778 and continued to reside. John died aged 76, August 19, 1810. His widow 
died August 18,.1827. {History of Washington, N. H., 471.) 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Mary 6 Healy (April 28, 1763— April 22, 1813,), married March 16, 1790, Benjamin Sweat. Residence Pier- 

mont, N. H. 

2. Katharine 6 Healy, born Newton, Mass, November 10, 1764, married, 1789, Timothy Baker. Resided in 

Stoddard and Claremont, N. H., and she died in Stoddard, August 29, 1798. 

3. Rebecca 6 Healy, born Newton, July 3, 1766, married May 17, 1785, David Draper, and died July 10, 1854. 

4. Ebenezer 6 Healy, born Newton February 3, 1768, resided in Sennett. N. Y., where he died September 22, 1857. 

5. Jesse 8 Healy, born Newton November 3, 1769, married April 26, 1792, Dolly Healy, who died September 25, 

1837. Residence Charleston, N. H. He died June 1, 1853. Of their four children, Betsey 7 Healy, born 
March 9, 1793, married Calvin Ely; Philena 7 Healy, born February 13, 1795. married a Woolley; and Esther 7 
Healy, born February 14, 1798, married Albert Morley, and resided at Painesville, Ohio. 

6. Hannah 6 Healy, born Newton, September 24, 1771, married February 17, 1791, Josiah Swett, and she died 

December 3, 1854. Residence Claremont. 

7. John 6 Healy, born Newton July 2, 1773. resided in Elbridge, N. Y., died May 16, 1826. 

8. Joseph 6 Healy, born Newton August 21, 1766, married December 24, 1801, Ruth, daughter of Ebenezer 

Jaquith, of Washington. She died June 19, 1807. He married again February 2, 1808, Sally Copeland, born 
in Stoddard, N. H. She died April 20, 1870. He was state senator of New Hampshire in 18^4, and a member 
of the 19th and 20th Congresses of the United States, 1825-1829. He was elected to the 19th Congress as a 
democrat by 4,000 majority over Ezekiel Webster, federalist. He was the only descendant of Thomas 1 
Wight, to my knowledge, who has been in Congress. He was a councilor of New Hampshire in 1829-32. 
He died October 10, 1861, in Washington N. H. His portrait is the frontispiece of the History of Washington, 
N. H. 

1. Harvey 7 Healy, born December 26, 1802, married May 27, 1830, Eliza Richardson, who died June 7, 

1879. He died September 2, 1857. 

2. Clara 7 Healy, June 11, 1809— July 10, 1827. 

3. John Plummer 7 Healy, born December 28, 1810, Dartmouth, 1835, removed to Boston where he 

resided with Jedediah Barker in Province Court, rooming nearly ten years with Oliver Ditson. In 
December, 1847, he married Mary Stickney Barker, only daughter of bis host ; she is still living. 
On removing to Boston John Plummer studied law in the office of Daniel Webster and was admitted 
'to the bar in 1838. He assisted Webster in preparing and trying his great cases and followed also 
his political faith and fortunes. Soon after 1838 he became Webster's partner, attending to the 
affairs of the firm while Webster was in Washington. Mr. Healy was elected to the Massachusetts 
legislature as a Whig in 1840 and again in 1849-50. In 1854 he was in the state senate from Boston, 
serving as chairman of the committee on railroads and canals, and as a member of tbe committee 
on towns and on education. When Webster became Secretary of State under Fillmore, Mr. Healy 
was appointed Judge of the United States District Court for the district of California, which he 
declined with other judicial honors. After Webster's death Mr. Healy, by himself, practiced law at 
the corner of Court and Tremont streets. In 1856 he was chosen city solicitor, and was constantly 
reelected until 1881, when the office of corporation counsel was created for him. He died January 4, 
1882, at his home, 51 Temple St , and is buried in Mt. Auburn. Appropriate action upon his death 
was taken by the city government and the Suffolk Bar. A memoir of Mr. Healy, prepared by God- 
frey Morse was printed by order of the city council of Boston in 1882. He was a member of the New 
England Historic-Genealogical Society and a sketch of him will be found in the Register, XXXVI, 
338. His portrait appears in the History of Washington, N. H. See also Boston Adverther, January 5' 
1882. His only child was 
1. Joseph 8 Healy, born in Boston August 6, 1849, entered the Boston Latin School in 1860, and 
remained six years. During his course he received 21 Lawrence prizes, and graduated at the 
head of his class with first prize for declamation and first Franklin medal. He entered Har- 
vard unconditioned, and graduated in 1870. He studied law with his father for a time, but 
took his degree of bachelor of laws at the Harvard law school in 1873. He was admitted to 
the bar September 16, 1873, and formed with Otis Norcross, Jr., the firm of Healy & Norcross, 
which entered upon a lucrative and important practice. Mr. Healy held several honorable 
positions in benevolent and literary societies and in social clubs. In 1878 he delivered the 
Fourth of July oration in Boston Music Hall. At his death he was serving his second term 
in the common council. He died April 18, 1880, and was buried from King's Chapel, April 22. 
See an obituary in the Advertiser April 23, 1880. Joseph was a son in whom all his father's 
hopes centered and when this bright light went out so prematurely the father changed 
greatly. Joseph Healy's wife was Alice Hale Bird, daughter of William Bird, of Brookline, 
and he was married September 26, 1877. His only child, Helen Richards 9 Healy, born May 
26, 1878, is living with her mother. 

4. Louisa 7 Healy, December 24, 1812— March 14, 1832. 

5. Langdon 7 Healy, born July 28, 1815, married July 28, 1837, Josephine Richards of Washington. He 

was treasurer of Sullivan County, N. H., in 1863, 4, and moved to Brooklyn, N. Y., in 1866. Amon°- 
his five children are Sarah C. 8 Healy, born September 6, 1839, who January 7, 1863, married Samuel 
H. Scripture, and resides in Brooklyn; and Joseph 8 Healy, born May 6, 1852, a physician in Brooklyn 

6. Sullivan Wight 7 Healy (June 30, 1817— June 29, 1877,), married March 1, 1848, Helen Richards, of 

Claremont. He was a man of much influence in his native town. See his portrait in the History of 
Washington, N. H. J 



44 The Wights. 



9. Desire 8 Healy, born Newton, July 25, 1778, married Russell Tubbs October 9, 1799. She died February 9, 
1854. Residence Deering, N. H. 

10. Sallv 6 Healv (March 7, 1781— July 9, 1824,), married Phineas Crossman. 

11. Samuel" Healy, June 10, 1783— September 30, 1807. 

12. Nathaniel Healy (July 10, 1785— February 11, 1841,). married December 22, 1807, Jane Tabor. He was a 

teacher in Washington and Haverhill, N. H., and South Hero and Topsham, Vt. Among his ten children 
were Rosina 7 , wife of Robert Richardson, of Topsham ; Jane D. 7 , wife of Rev. William L. Camp, of Spencer 
Creek, Mich.; Mary AY. 7 , wife of Abial E. Richardson, of Rumford, Me.; Loraine 7 , wife of Rev. Phineas 
Hersey ; Joseph W. 7 , an eminent clergyman and scholar at Santa Monica, Cal.; and Nathaniel C. 7 Healy, 
a physician, who died in London, Eng., May 26, 1874. 

13. Eliza Healy (March 4, 1789— April 23, 1865), married a Kellom and resided in Auburn, N. Y. 

124. Joseph 5 Wight {Ebenezer*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 8, 1748, married 
July 1, 1772, Miriam Lyscomb, of Stoughton, wbo united with the Dedham church November 
6, 1774. For Joseph's relation to the old Dedham home of Thomas 1 Wight see page 5. See 
the same page lor an account of the Indian who died there in 1774 — a statement printed on 
the authority of Barber's Historical Collections, 460, and Mann's Annals, 66. Among those 
furnishing supplies for the Continental army in 1781-2 was Joseph Wight who, January 22, 
1782, received 12 shillings for two pairs of stocking. (Mann's Annals, 58.) Miriam Wight 
died in Dedham April 15, 1818; Joseph died March 23, 1826 (Wight's Wight Family, 84), or 
April 21, 1826 (Hill's Dedham Records, II, 132). Joseph died in the old home of his great 
ancestor Thomas 1 Wight. He was its last Wight occupant. Soon after his death it was 
removed and the ground is unused; see pages 5 and 6. In Dedham were born the following 

CHILDREN. 

255 — 1. Miriam, born December 28, 1773, baptized March 5, 1775, died young. 

256 2. Abigail, born May 6, 1775, baptized July 16, 1775. 

257.— 3. Samuel, born June 30, 1777, baptized April 30, 1777 ; see 49, Note 2. 

258. — 4. Ebenezer, born November 26, 1778, baptized January 17, 1779 ; never married. 

259.— 5. Miriam, born October 18, 1780, baptized October 22, 1780. 

260 — 6. Joseph, born August 13, 1782, baptized October 20, 1782, died young. 

261 — 7. Joseph, born June 27, 1784, baptized March 27, 1785. 

262.— 8. Jabez, born June 5, 1786, baptized Julv 23, 1786 ; never married. 

263 — 9. Thomas, born June 29, 1788, baptized August 2, 1788. 

264 — 10. Lucretia, born October 7, 1792, baptized December 23, 1792, died September 15, 1795. 

265.— 11. Phineas, born February 28, 1795, baptized July 5, 1795 ; never married. 

266.— 12. Sylvester, born May 4, 1797, baptized August 6, 1797 ; never married. 

Note. Nothing additional is known concerning 258, 262, 265, 266. 

125. Ebenezer 5 Wight {Ebenezer 4 ", Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 24, 1750, 
was brought up in his father's family and in the employment of agriculture till quite the 
verge of manhood. At this time the public schools of Dedham furnished but little aid in 
the acquisition of learning; they were open only a short period during the year and the 
branches taught scarcely extended beyond the rudiments of an English education. Such as 
they were, however, he improved them. But his desire extended to a collegiate education. 
He commenced the study of the classics under great disadvantage, devoting his nights to 
books and his days to manual labor. To add to his pecuniary resources he taught school 
during the winter months and subjected all his expenses to the rules of a rigid economy. 
He completed his preparatory studies under a clergyman in Uxbridge and graduated at 
Harvard University in 1776. (Wight's Wight Family, 85-87.) It would seem ; however, that 
he was a student at Brown University before entering Harvard, for upon his uniting with 
the Dedham church, October 15, 1775, he is called " Ebenezer Wight Junr Student at ye 
College at Providence." (Hill's Dedham Records, II, 87.) He studied divinity under the 
instruction of Rev. Jason Haven, of Dedham. Soon after passing through the usual studies, 
he received an unanimous invitation from the Congregational Church and Society in Hollis 
Street, Boston, to become their pastor as successor to Rev. Dr. Mather Byles. He accepted 
the call and was ordained February 25, 1778 (Drake's Boston, 590), receiving his dismission 
from Dedham church February 15, 1778. He was a popular preacher. He had a melodious 
voice, a distinct enunciation, graceful gestures, an impressive manner and great gifts in 
prayer. The composition of his sermons was good, according to the standard of the times. 
His labors among his people were greatly blessed and numbers were added to his church 
and society. Over-exertion in ecclesiastical labor and study impaired his sight and produced 
a general debility, from which he received but little relief by vacation and rest. The burning 
of his church edifice, April 20, 1787, and the acceptance by his Society of the invitation of 
the Old South Church to worship with them brought him some relief, as the stated service 
was divided between him and Dr. Eckley, of the Old South. But in 1788 perceiving no 
permanent improvement he asked bis dismissal, which with great reluctance was granted, 
and his connection with the Hollis Street Church was dissolved September 7, 1788. (Wight's 

Wight Family, 88-93.) He was re-admitted to the Dedham church by letter from Holli3 
Street February 24, 1811. 

He opened a private academy and continued it a few years. In his government of his 
pupils he was decided, but mild. He preferred to retain his authority by kindness rather 
than by fear, by persuasion rather than by compulsion, by appealing to the understanding 
rather than by inflicting pain. (Wight's Wight Family , 94.) I quote as follows: 



Fifth Generation. 45 



"A gentleman of respectable learning and abilities, Ebenezer Wight, Esq., hath opened 
an academy in the parish and hath devoted his time to the instruction of youths of both 
sexes in various branches of science. The institution, though new and of a private kind, 
bids fair to be useful." (Note by Rev. Jason Haven to his sermon preached February 7, 
1796, Dedham Pulpit, 485.) 

Mr. Wight's income was at no time large, but the practice of economy had enabled him 
to preserve a competence. This proper regard to his means in his expenditures, with the 
property he received by his second marriage, placed him in easy circumstances in the even- 
ing of life. (Wight's Wight Family , 94.) 

Consult page 6 of this book as to the house which came to him upon his second marriage, 
[r. Wight married first about 1779, Sarah Brown, born September 28, 1758, who died, child- 
less, March 4, 1781. He married, second, December 13, 1785, Catharine Fuller, of Dedham, 



/Mi 



V^orn July 12, 1764. 

The Dedham records contain the following notices of this Catharine Fuller: Intentions 
of marriage of " Revd. Thomas Thacher and Miss Catharine Fuller, both of Dedham, 
November 26, 1783." Intentions of marriage of "The Rev. Mr. Ebenezer Wight, of Boston, 
and Miss Catharine Fuller, both of Dedham, October 22nd, 1785." (Hill's Dedham Records, I, 
162, 163.) Rev. Mr. Thacher was the irascible and eccentric minister in the Clapboard Trees 
or Third Parish in Dedham, and the author (Geo. Willis Cooke) of The Clapboard Trees 
Parish expresses the opinion that the oddities of her reverend lover may have frightened 
her. He adds: " It is said, by way of tradition in the parish, that she visited Mr. Thacher's 
house just before the marriage was to have taken place, that she carelessly soiled her dress 
on some fresh paint and that he became very angry with her, so much so that she discarded 
him." (Cooke's Clapboard Trees, 101.) Mr. Thacher never married. 

Mrs. Catharine Wight was a woman of amiable and excellent disposition and of good 
understanding. She was a most affectionate and devoted woman and a loyal and loving wife. 
She was charitable to the poor and sympathetic with the distressed. Her character was 
aptly described by a poor person in Dedham who, lamenting her death, said of her: " She 
was a friend to man and to beast." " Few ladies in advanced age are more acceptable in the 
social circle than was Mrs. Wight. Her good understanding, uniform cheerfulness and long 
acquaintance with the best society, gave interest and instruction to her conversation. In the 
performance of her domestic duties she was an example of industry, neatness and frugality." 
"The Sunday before her decease she remarked she was not well, but should attend public 
worship, as the sacrament was to be administered. This was always to her an occasion of 
peculiar interest and a more than ordinarily solemn exercise of devotion. She attended 
church and closed her worship of God in public, in commemorating the death of His Son — a 
fitting close of a long and exemplary life." (Wight's Wight Family, 103.) 

Mr. Wight's last sickness was long and painful. In this hour of trial, as in all the trials of 
life, he was supported by his faith in the hopes and promises of the gospel. Not a word of 
complaint or disquiet escaped him. He resigned himself to the disposal of his heavenly 
Father, hoping to be accepted of Him through the merits and mediation of His Son. (Wight's 
Wight Family, 94.) 

Ebenezer made his will June 20,1821; he died in Dedham September 25, 1821, and his 
will was approved October 2, 1821. Catharine's will was made July 1, 1833; she died in Ded- 
ham August 29, 1840, and her will was approved December 1, 1840. Their children were 
born in Dedham. 

CHILDREN. 

367 .—1. Danfqrth Phipps, born February 8, 1792, baptized February 12, 1792. 

368.-2. Catharine, born August 28. 1798, baptized September 2, 1798. 

369.-3. Ebenezer, born October 8, 1803, baptized October 23, 1803. 

370 —4. Edward, born July 8, 1805, baptized July 21, 1805. 

Note 1. The autograph of Ebenezer Wight : 



&><M^ *WyU 



Notes. Sarah Brown, who married Rev. Mr. Wight, descended from John Browne, alderman of Stamford, 
England, in 1376-7. For the links between him and the first settler in New England, see Bond's Watertown, 116. 
Abraham Browne was of Waltham, Mass., and by wife Lvdia had a son Jonathan, born May 15, 1685, who in 1661 
married Mary Shattuck. Their son William Brown (September 3, 1684—1756), married December 11. 1718, Sarah 
Bond, who died, aged 88, June 10, 1777. They had a son, Josiah Brown (August 2, 1724— March 16, 177M who 
manied April 20, 1749, Hannah Flagg. She died June 22. 1800. Their daughter Sarah married Ebenezer Wight 

NoteS. Catharine Fuller was daughter of Hezekiah Fuller (December 9, 1721— February 3, 1776), who mar- 
ried Anna Draper December 28, 1760. Anna died January 11, 1766. Hezekiah was son of Hezekiah (August 5 
1687— July 8, 1756), who, February 26, 1718, married Elizabeth Fisher. She died September 23, 1783. The elder 
Hezekiah was son of John Fuller (December 28, 1645— January 15, 1718-9J, who January 8, 1672, married Judith 
Gay. She died November 19, 1718. John's parents were Lieut. Thomas Fuller and Hannah Flower, who were 
married November 22, 1643. Hannah died April 11, 1672 ; her husband died September 28, 1690. All these Fullers 
lived in Dedham. 



46 The Wights. 



1*26. Debokah. 5 Wight {Ebeneztr*, Joseph", Henry", Thomas 1 ), born June 19, 175:2, married 
Peter Niles, of Washington, N. H. They removed to Claremont, N. H., where she died, 
childless, August 29, 1840. 

127. Samuel 5 "Wight (Ebenezer*, Joseph 8 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 15, 1753, was 
in the revolutionary service. His name is found on the roll of the Dedham company of 
minute men assembled on the alarm, April 19, 1775, under command of Captaiu Joseph Guild 
in Col. Greaton's regiment. Samuel is credited at that time with thirteen days' service. On 
June 6, 1775 he enlisted as a private for eight months in Captain Thomas Pierce's artillery 
company in Col. Eichard Gridley's regiment at Roxbury camp. Samuel's name also appears 
as a private on the roll of Captain Robert Smith's company of Needham — "four days' ser- 
vice assisting in taking possession of Dorchester Hill in March, 1776." Samuel's name also 
appears as a private on the roll (dated at Medway) of Captain Joseph Lovell's company for 
twenty days' service in Rhode Island to December 29, 1776. The above information is 
extracted from the Revolutionary rolls in the office of the secretary of state, Boston. There 
is no information about Samuel's death. Wight's Wight Family, 84, states that Samuel died 
in the service of his country in 1776. 

128. Nathaniel 5 Wight ( Ebenezer*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 22, 1756, 
was in the Revolutionary service in the same company with his brother Samuel at the alarm, 
April 19, 1775, and is credited with the same term of service. On April 30, 1775, he enlisted 
as a private in Captain Joseph Guild's company, in Gen. William Heath's regiment, 
encamped in Fort No. 2. He was discharged September 14, 1775. Nothing further is found 
in the Revolutionary rolls in the office of the secretary of state, Boston. He died in the ser- 
vice of his country in 1776. (Wight's Wight Family, 84.) 

129. Joseph 5 Wight (Jabez*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 6, 1727, married in 
Norwich, Conn., April 17, 1750, Hannah Kirtland, of Norwich. Joseph was one of the cap- 
tains in Major Zabdiel Rogers' regiment of militia which did frequent service in the 
revolution. (Caulkins' Norwich, 382.) Joseph was a member of the Sixth or Chelsea (now 
the Second) Church society of Norwich and when new pews were budded in 1771 one 
was assigned to him. The Norwich records give the death of Mrs. Hannah Wight as June 
10, 1756 — the date of her child's birth. Joseph died in 1798. 

CHILDREN. 

371.— 1. Joseph, born January 23, 1755, died. August 1, 1756. 

373. — 2. Hannah, born June 10, 1756, nothing known, but probably died young. 

Note 1. Hannah Kirtland, born July 6, 1729, was daughter of Rev. Daniel Kirtland, pastor of the Third or 
Newent Church, Norwich, by his wife Mary Perkins. Rev. Daniel's son, Rev. Samuel, who began to spell his 
sirname Kirkland, was the missionary to the Oneida Indians, and the father of John Thornton Kirkland, presi- 
dent of Harvard college. {Register XIV, 242 ; Caulkins' Norwich, 410, 590.) 

Note, 2. Among the pew owners in the Chelsea church in 1771 is Hannah Wight (Caulkins' Norwich, 467). I 
cannot imagine who she is. Joseph's daughter Hannah, even if living in 1771, would have been but 15 years old 
—too young to be a pew holder. I have supposed the pew holder might be the second wife of Rev. Jabez Wight 
(50), born Holdridge, but Rev. Jabez was the minister of a different church in 1771, and she would probably 
attend his church. 

130. Jabez 5 Wight {Jabez" 1 , Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 2, 1730, married Sarah 
Lord, of Preston, Conn., where he lived and his children were born. He died August 9, 
1787, and is buried in Preston; his widow died, aged 60, October 3, 1788. 

CHILDREN. 

273.— 1. Sarah, born July 28, 1759. 

374.-2. Ruth, born May 18, 1762. 

375.-3. Hezekiah Lord, born April 14, 1765. 

376. — 4. Mary, born 1767, died in Richmond, Va., in 1801, unmarried. 

377.-5. Jabez, born about 1769. 

378 — 6. Benjamin, born about 1769. 

379.-7. Lydia, born May 28, 1770. 

380 —8. Nathaniel, born 1774, died at Preston in 1789. 

Note. I presume Sarah Lord to have been the daughter of Rev. Hezekiah Lord, a pastor in Preston (Caulkins' 
Norwich, 245). Certainly one of her sons was named for this minister. 

131. John 5 Wight (Jabez*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born February 2, 1732, married, 
October 11, 1759, Alice Fitch, of Windham, Conn., and lived in Preston. The birth of their 
son is found in the Norwich records. I know nothing further of John or Alice. 

CHILD. 

381 .—1. John Fitch, born in Preston, May 19, 1761. 



Fifth Generation. 47 



133. Mary 5 Wight (Jabez*, Joseph?, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 23, 1737, married Amos 
Geer, of Groton, Conn. Thev resided in Groton, where their children were born, where 
he died aged 85, May 19, 1821," and where she died July 18, 1822. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Robert Geer, born March 28, 1761, married Casindia Stanton. Two children. 

2. Mary Geer, born November 19, 1762. 

3. Ebenezer 8 Geer, born October 23, 1764, married Lucy Chapman. Eight children. 

4. Abigail 6 Geer, born August 28, 1766. married Nehemiah Smith. Four children. 

5. Greenman Geer, born October 7, 767, married Eleauor Reed, Dorcas Dunham and Charlotte Davis. He 

had a child of the second marriage, Gilbert? Geer. 

6. Ruth Geer, born September 12, 1770. 

7. Amos 6 Geer (October 7, 1772— March 18, 1865), married Prudence Allen (March 13, 1776— December 4, 1836). 

1. Amos 7 Geer (November 10, TOO — October 20, 1867), married Eunice Morgan. Five children. 

2. Prudence 7 Geer (October 28, 1802 — March 22, 1833) married Hillings Avery. Three children. 

3. Shubael 7 Geer (August 20, 1804 — December 23, 1859), married Mary Wilber. Eight children. 

4. Robert 7 Geer, born October 26, 1806, married Eunice Bailey and Jeanette Phelps. Three children 

of each marriage. 

5. Eliza B. 7 Geer, born January 19, 1809. 

6. Hamilton 7 Geer, born January 9, 1811, married Cordelia Comstock. 

7. Abel Israel 7 Geer, March 31, 1813— March 1814. 

8. Alfred S. 7 Geer, born January 25, 1815, married and had five children. 

9. Jacob A. 7 Geer (January 24, 1817— October 19, 1857), married Julia Gallup. Three children. 
10. Lydia A. 7 Geer. born April 22, 1819, married William Tinker. Four children. 

8. Margaret 6 Geer, born January 26, 1775. 

9. Sarah 8 Geer, born April 26, 1777, married David Bevier. Eight children. 

10. Elizabeth 6 Geer (June 12, 1781— March 9, 1868), married Lodowick Bill, who was born in Groton, October 
9, 1784, moved to Lyme, Conn., in 1805, and died August 17, 1871. For his portrait and a sketch of his life 
see Hurd's New London County, 543. Ten children. Three of his sons, John Wight 7 Bill, James A. 7 Bill and 
Benajah P 7 . Bill, have been members of the legislature oi Connecticut. 

136. David"' Wight {David 41 , Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 28, 1718, married in 
Wrentham, October 22, 1745, Sarah Scott. The records of the church in Natick, kept by 
Rev. Oliver Peabody, pastor thereof, between 1721-1752, contain the name of David Wight, 
Jr., as having been received into that church September 13, 1741. He is not mentioned, 
however, in the Natick town records. His children were born in Dedham. David died 
April 1, 1752 and administration was granted May 1, 1752. His widow Sarah, son John and 
daughter Esther Caryl are mentioned in the papers. 

CHILDREN. 

282.— 1. David, born July 13, 1746. 
283 .—2. John, born November 17, 1848. 
284.-3. Esther, born September 21, 1750. 

Note 1. His widow Sarah married, May 4, 1763, John Griggs, of Dedham. 
Note 2. David's handwriting in 1744: 

137. Anna 5 Wight (David*, Daniel", Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 27, 1720, is mentioned 
in the Rev. Mr. Peabody's records (see 136) as having been received into the Natick church 
August 2, 1741. She is not mentioned in the Natick records. She married, as the Needham 
records show, May 8, 1744, Jonathan Parker. 

139. Sarah 5 Wight (David*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 27, 1730, chose her 
uncle, Hezekiah Allen, her guardian, soon after her father's death. Her intentions of mar- 
riage with William Gay, of Dedham, were entered March 21, 1751, and "William Gay and 
Sary Wight, both of Dedham " were married June 20, 1751. (Hill's Dedham Records, I, 82.) 
William, born December 3, 1730, was son of Hezekiah and Elizabeth Gay. (Register, XXXIII, 
49.) Sarah died May 23, 1758, and William married, second, May 8, 1759, Margaret Lewis. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Samuel 6 Gay, born December 1, 1752, married, Dedham, January 18, 1781, Grace, born February 7, 1756 

daughter of Benjamin and Sarah White. 

2. Rebecca 6 Gay, born' March 9, 1756. 

3. William 6 Gay, born March 18, 1758. 

140. Benjamin 5 Wight {Daniel*, Dnniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , is 
known by a statement in the will of his father Daniel, of Needham in 1769, where he is 
called " first born son of my wife after my marriage to her." Otherwise he is nomen et pra- 
ter ea nil. 

141. Ann 5 Wight {Daniel 1 , Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born February 26, 1754, married 
December 22, 1774, Philip Mills, of Roxbury. They moved to Maine. Philip was living in 
New Hampshire when his namesake, Philip Mills 7 Wight (611) was young. This last 
believes there were no children of Philip's marriage with Ann Wight. He married, second, 
Mehetabel Barker whose posterity lived in Newry, Maine. 




48 The Wights. 



142. Daniel 5 Wight (Daniel*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 22, 1756, enlisted 
in April, 1775, with Captain Whiting in Colonel Greaton's Massachusetts regiment to serve 
eight months, but in the ensuing October being too ill for duty he was furloughed. In April, 
1778 he sent a substitute. In June, 1778, he re-enlisted for nine months with Captain Wat- 
son, same colonel. On April 10, 1780, he married Hannah Lyon in Needham where he lived 
until at least three of his children were born. He then removed to New Hampshire, and 
about 1798 to Maine. In April, 1818, he was living in Newry, Oxford County, Me. In Sep- 
tember, 1820, he was living in Portland, Me., and then stated in an application to the United 
States government for a pension for his services in the war of the Revolution that his wife, 
then 64 years of age, his son Thomas, then 21 years of age, and his daughter Hannah Hib- 
bard were living with him. Hannah, his wife, died in Bethel, Me., date unknown. 
Subsequently, after 1824, Daniel married Mary Wight, born Mower, the widow of Joel 5 Wight 
(214). Daniel removed to Milan, N. H., where some of his children lived, and where he 
died. His widow lived in the houses of her step-sons Philip and Aaron in Milan, and when 
Aaron removed to Dummer, N. H., she went with him. Her date of death has been 
forgotten. 

CHILDREN. 

285.— 1. Daniel, born November 26, 1780. 

286.-2. Nathaniel, born April 17, 1782. 

287 . — 3. Hannah, born September 15, 1783. 

288. — I. Anna, born in Jaffray, Cheshire Co., N. H., September 23, 1784. 

289. — 5. William, born , an ensign in the war of 1812 ; died unmarried. 

290.— 6. Philip, born in Dublin, N. H., about 1792. 

291 .—7. Aaron, born in Dublin, Mav 20, 1794. 

292.-8. Thomas, born about 1799. 

143. John 5 Wight (John*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 15, 1729, was living in 
Providence, R. I., at his father's death in 1753. Being the executor mentioned in his father's 
will, he became a proprietor of the township of New Marblehead, now Windham, Me., and 
was quite prominent on the proprietor's committee. He married in Marblehead (Rev. 
Simon Bradstreet officiating), January 6, 1756, Abigail, daughter of Nathaniel Bowen, of 
Marblehead, a lawyer of much influence there. He spent his early married life in Marble- 
head. In deeds of his Windham lands in 1763-4 he is called Joiner." John's future 
history is uncertain, but he would seem to have moved to Maine after the birth of some of 
his children, and it is claimed that his son Edward was born in Penobscot, Me. Further 
search for details of this family has been unavailing. He pre-deceased his wife who, as his 
widow and administratrix, gave quit-claim deeds of his Windham lands. 

CHILDREN. 

293 .—1. John, born 1757, doubtless in Marblehead. 

294.-2. Mary ("Polly" by her relatives), born 

295.-3. Daniel, born in Marblehead, 1761. 

296.-4. Sarah, \ t . , 

297. —5. Abigail, J uvins > Dorn 

298.-6. Nathan, born , died a young man, probably in Marblehead. 

299.-7. Nancy, born February 6, 1768. 

300.— 8. Edward, born 1774. 

Note. These children may not be arranged in order of their birth. Of these children, John, Mary and 
Nancy (all disguised as Whites), were married in Andover, Mass.; Sarah and Abigail were married in Marble- 
head— circumstances which show that their father resided iu Andover and Marblehead, which, indeed, has been 
claimed by some of his descendants. 

144. Mary 5 Wight (John 1 , Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , married in 
Dedham late in 1751, Daniel, born February 23, 1729-30, son of John and Patience (Mars) 
Baker, of Dedham. Daniel died March 4, 1753, and his widow married in Dedham, January 
2, 1753-4, Joseph Dean. The family lived in Dedham where all Mary's children were born. 
In 1774 she conveved with her husband her title to "the one-fifth part of the lands of our 
honored father, John Wight, clerk, deceased, late of Windham." This fraction indicates 
either that there were other children of John 4 than those given under 53, or that there were 
living of his children in 1774 John, Mary, Ann, Eunice and Benjamin — presuming the death 
of the widow of John 4 . Of Ann, Eunice and Benjamin I know nothing further. " The 
Widdow, Mary Dean, Relict of Joseph Dean, Dec'd Octo'r 5th, 1791." (Hill's Dedham Town 
Records, I, 229.) 

descendants. 

1. Daniel 6 Baker, born October 10, 1752, married October 10, 1774, Mary Doggett, of Dedham, born July 17, 

1755. Residence, Dedham. 

1. Abigail? Baker, born August 13, 1775. 

2. Catharine 7 Baker, born January 9, 1777. 

3. John Wight 7 Baker, born October 17, 1783. 

2. David Dean (October 17, 1754— November 9, 1784), married July 1, 1775, Mary Baker, of Dedham. Residence 

Dedham. 

1. Abigail 7 Dean, baptized September 28, 1777, died a babe. 

2. Abigail 7 Dean, born December 18, 1778. 

3. David Wight 7 Dean, baptized April 16, 1781. 

4. Catharine Bryant 7 Dean, born May 23, 1783. 

3. Jonathan" Dean, baptized October 14, 1759. 

4. Eliphalet Dean, baptized April 4, 1762. 



Fifth Generation. 49 



151. Jemima 5 Wight (Jonathan 4 , Jonathan a , Henry' 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 22, 1725, 
married in Wrentham, June 24, 1745, Benjamin Blackington (Blackinton), presumed to be 
the Benjamin who was the son of Penticost and Mary Blackinton, inhabitants before 1702 
of Attleboro. Penticost died September 24, 1715 (Daggett's Attleboro, 89). Jemima's husband 
died in Wrentham, April 13, 1753. The will of Jonathan Wight, her father, made in 1773, 
mentions as then living Jemima and her son Benjamin. I do not find her death. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Jonathan 6 Blackington, born in Attleboro, November 17, 1745. 

2. Benjamin 6 Blackington, born in Wrentham, January 4, 1746-7. Eaton's Tnomaston, II, 148, gives date of Ben- 

jamin's birth January 28, 1750, which I think an error. Benjamin was the ancestor of the Blackingtons of 
Rockland, Maine 

3. Eliphalet 6 Blackington, born in Wrentham, October 7, 1751, died February 22, 1757. 

4. Elizabeth 6 Blackington, born in Wrentham, December 16, 1753, died May 20, 1754— a posthumous child, 

recorded as daughter of " widow Jemima Blackington." 

153. Joseph 5 Wight (Jonathan 4 ', Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 29, 1729, 
married in Wrentham September 22, 1755, Abigail Farrington of the same place, who died 
there aged 22 August 25, 1758. On June 9, 1763, Joseph married in Wrentham Abigail Ware, 
born December 15, 1749. A notice of this marriage mentions Joseph as "of a place called 
Otice Field in the county of Cumberland, yeoman." (Register X LI, 34.) This notice must 
have been written long after the event as all of Joseph's children were born in Wrentham. 
In 1781 Joseph with perhaps some of his sons prospected at New Marblehead (Windham), 
Maine, where long before his remote cousin Rev. John 4 Wight (53) had settled. Joseph's 
movements from 1781 until the fall of 1783 are variously reported. It is certain however that 
in November, 1783, he removed with all his family, except his son James, to Otisfield, where 
he settled upon " a beautiful ridge of land near the centre of the town," a portion of which 
is still owned by his posterity. His account book, owned by his descendant Joseph Frank- 
lin 8 Wight (1629) and now upon my table, shows that he was ready to turn his hand to many 
things required in new settlements, such as making surtouts, waistcoats, bearskin muffs, boots 
and shoes. He was also a farmer and part proprietor of a saw mill upon Saturday Pond. The 
dates in his account book extend from 1785 to 1794. Abigail Wight died March 29, 1799, Joseph 
died October 20, 1804, both in Otisfield. Mr. William A. Emery (" Mark Tapley "), of 
Oxford, Me., has written me a long and entertaining account of Joseph Wight and his 
sons, which I would gladly print if space permitted. He characterizes the family as an 
uncommonly hardy athletic race. Although school privileges were scant in the days of 
Joseph's children they all contrived to acquire a fair education and to accumulate good 
estates. They were influential in the community where they resided and were always respected 
and trusted. In some of the children, notably in Thomas (306), were developed eccen- 
tricities of character to this day remembered and recited, which, however, never interfered 
with the usefulness of their lives or lessened the regard of their neighbors. 

CHILDREN. 

301 — 1. Child, still-born, September 29, 1756. 

303.— 2. Joseph, born August 10, 1758. 

303.— 3. Benjamin, born September 20, 1764. 

304 — 4. Abigail, born May 81, 1767. 

305.— 5. James, born March 21, 1769. 

306 — 6. Thomas, born August 19, 1771. 

307 — 7. Nathan, born October 23, 1773. 

308.— 8. Wabren, born October 1, 1778, died in Wrentham, July 14, 1781. 

309.— 9. Jonathan, born September 7, 1783. 

Note 1. The Wares : Robert Ware, of Dedham, whose English home is not defined {Register, XLI, 21), married 
in Dedham, March 24, 1644-5, Margaret Hunting, daughter of John, the first ruling elder of Dedham church, by 
his wile Esther. Robert died April 19, 1699 ; his wife died August 26, 1670— both in Dedham. The will of " Robert 
Ware, the aged," names as overseers his " loveing friends ' ' Deacons Thomas Metcalf, William Avery and Joseph 3 
Wight (9). Robert's children were born in Dedham. The three sons, below named, assisted in settling Wren- 
tham in 1671 and died there : 

1. John Wabe (October 6, 1646— April 7 1718), " Captain" and Indian warrior (Norfolk County History, 632), 

married December 10, 1668, Mary Metcalf (August 15, 1646— March 22, 1676-7), of Dedham (182, Note 2; 
36, Nott). Their son' John (June 17, 1670— Match 29, 1751), married, January 14, 1695-6, Mehetabel. 
(February 22, 1674-5 — March 25, 1750), daughter oi William Chaplen, of Dorchester. The younger John 
also lived in Wrentham where his daughter Rebecca was born, about 1717. She married, August 30, 
1733, William Poffer, Jr., of Wrentham, and had a son William, born April 24, 1734, father of Molly 
Poffer, or Puffer, wife of Daniel 5 Wight (234).-7Another son -of John and Mary Ware, Lieutenant 
Eliezer, by name (October 2, 1676— July 23, 1750),, lived in Wrentham and married, February 13, 1701, 
Mary (September 17, 1679 — April 2, 1768), daughter of Daniel and Abigail (Gay) Hawes Their son, 
Eliezer Ware (November 11, 1701— July 8, 1751), married May 20, 1736. Hannah, born May 3, 1711, daugh- 
ter of Thomas Man, of Wrentham (Register, XIII, 326). They lived in that part of Wrentham now West 
Franklin. Their son, Eli Ware, born May 31, 1748, was husband of Tamar» Wight (206).. 

2. Nathaniel Wabe (October 7, 1648— July 10, 1724), married, October 12, 1696, Mary Wheelock (Wheelak, 

in record), who died March 25, 1750. Their son, Captain Nathaniel Ware (August 6, 1697 — March 4, 
1781), married, January 25, 1726-7, Priscilla Grant, who died aged 86, May 3, 1788. The captain was 
born and died in Wrentham. His daughter Abigail married Joseph Wight, above. 

3. Robert Wabe (August 1, 1653— September 16, 1724), married June 4. 1677 Sarah (December 7, 1648— April 13, 

1718), sister of Mary Metcalf, who married John Ware. A son, Ebenezer (March 15, 1677-8— April 26, 
1750), of Wrentham, was fattier of Eliphalet Ware (March 25, 1711— November 28. 1779), who married 
August 16, 1783, Experience Garnsey, of Medway. Eliphalet's daughter Elizabeth, born in Wrentham, 
July 2, 1741, married Lemuel 5 Wight (163).— Robert and Sarah Ware had two other sons, Robert, who 
married Elizabeth* Wight (59), and Michael, who married Jeane* Wight (58). 



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The Wights. 



4. Esther Ware (September 28, 1655— September 3, 1784), married, May 13, 1673, Rev. Samuel Man, of Wren- 
thara (19, 33). 

Note 2. Autograph of Joseph Wight, as found in his account book : 



l<r^A^ 4i/fp4^~ 



155. Elizabeth 5 Wight {Jonathan*, Jonathan*, Henry 2 , Thomas*-), born July 14, 1735, 
married at Wrentham April 2, 1754, Ebenezer Cox, whom the Wrentham records designate 
as plain Ebenezer at tbe birth of his first child, Lieutenant at the birth of his second and 
Captain when the third was born. In her father's will Elizabeth is called Elizabeth Cox of 
Hard wick to which place the family moved about 1760. Ebenezer, who died aged 41, March 
2, 1768, in Hardwick, was a distinguished officer in the French and Indian war. (Paige's 
Hardwick, 355.) 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Anne 6 Cox, born March 13, 1755, married in Hardwick, March 15, 1773, Nathan Carpenter. Two children born 

in Hardwick. 

2. Elizabeth 6 Cox, born September 13, 1757. 

3. Sara.h 6 Cox, born February 4, 1759, died in Hardwick, unmarried, September 2, 1808. 

4. Jemima 6 Cox, born in Hardwick, November 10, 1761, married February 4, 1783, Noah Hatch, described in a 

revolutionary roll in 1789 as 20 years old and of a ruddy complexion. He died about February, 1791. Three 
children. (Paige's Hardwick, 394.) 

5. Thankful 6 Cox, born in Hardwick, August 27, 1763. 

6. John Davenport 6 Cox, boru in Hardwick, March 24, 1765, died April 26, 1795; married, 1786, Anna Powers, of 

Brimfield. Four children. 

7. Hannah 6 Cox, born in Hardwick, April 2, 1767, married September 5, 1790, Eliakim Fay, of Barnard, Vt. 

(Paige's Hardwick, 371.) 

156. Susannah 5 Wight {Jonathan 41 , Jonathan*, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 30, 1737, 
married at Wrentham January 31, 1760, John Barker of Hanover, Mass. In 1773, when her 
father's will was made, she was dead, having had a son John 6 Barker, born in Wrentham, June 
2, 1763, and perhaps other children. 

157. Timothy 5 Wight (Jonathan 4 , Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 10, 1741, 
was a soldier in the war of the revolution. He married in Wrentham December 24, 1767, 
Mary Boyden of that place. The date of her death is as yet undiscovered. He married in 
Wrentham January 30, 1777,' Sarah Fisher. Not long after, he removed with his family to 
Monmouth, Maine, where upon his farm he raised his large family and where he passed the 
remainder of his life. The date of death of his wife Sarah is unknown. She died after July 
J 7, 1799. Timothy in his old age married the widow Curtifer (Curtiford, Crediford, ortho- 
graphy variously given), of Vienna, Maine. She was the mother of his two youngest chil- 
dren. Of the following children the first four were born in Wrentham, the remainder in 
Monmouth. Timothy died on his Monmouth farm in 1824 or 1825. 

CHILDREN. 

310.— 1. Timothy, born July 11, 1768. 

311 2. Eliphalet, born June 5, 1770. 

313 3. ASA, born April 10, 1773. 

313.— 4. Mary, born October 1, 1777. 

314 5."~ Jonathan, born December 11, 1781. 

315.— 6. Sally, born , 1782. 

316 7. Benjamin, born , 1784. 

317 8. William Fisher, born March 23, 1785. 

318.— 9. Joseph, born March 9, 1787. 

319.— 10. Lois, born February 8, 1789. 

330 11. Elias, born April 11, 1791. 

33 1 12. Warren W., born September 4, 1793. 

333.— 13. Abigail Grover, born August 19, 1795. 

323 14. John, born July 17, 1799. 

334.— 15r Henry, born . See Note. 

335 16. Mary, born . See Note. 

Note. The two youngest children are supposed to have been born about 1807-10. Henry died when 7 or 8 
years of age. He had been helpless from infancy, sound neither in body nor mind. Mary never married, and 
died, it is supposed, about 1844-5. Of the adult sons of Timothy Wight, one who knew most of tbem personally 
writes: "They were all moral, honest, conscientious, temperate and religious men. They had perhaps too much 
of what is called in Windsor, Maine, the Wight temper, but if they were quick to resent an affront or insult, they 
were quick to forgive if they thought no real injury intended. They lived peaceably with their neighbors, and 
were respected and trusted implicitly by them. They were much more particular to pay their debts than to 
exact their due, bat were nevertheless perfectly capable of maintaining their rights." 

159. Olive 5 Wight (Jonathan 4 , Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 29, 1745, 
married in Wrentham September 2L, 1763, Lemuel Ashley. Olive is called in her father's will 
Olive Ashley of Oakham. She had Lucinda 6 Ashley, born February 13, 1764; Olive 6 Ashley, 
born May 2, 1766; and Betty 6 Ashley, born January 3, 1769, all in Wrentham. 



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162. Lemuel 5 Wight (Thomas 4 ", Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 16, 1746, 
married May 16, 1765, Elizabeth Ware (153, Note 1), of Wrentham. Four years later Lemuel 
sold the paternal homestead in Medfield (ever since known as the Wight piece) to Moses 
Hartshorn and removed to Wrentham. Lemuel entered the patriot service in March, 1781, 
for three years in Captain Trotter's company, Col. Rufus Putnam's regiment, and was dis- 
charged at West Point, N. Y., in December, 1783. His wife died November 7, 1813. In 
March, 1818, he was living in Foxboro (which was carved out of Wrentham in 1778, 12, Note 
4), and died there June 21, 1821. His daughter Hannah was then living with him. Lemuel's 
five eldest children were born in Wrentham. 

CHILDREN. 

336 1. John Morse, born November 31 (so in the record), 1765. 

327.-2. Lemuel, born March 9, 1769. 

328.-3. Hannah, born February 10, 1771, died unmarried at Foxboro, September 5, 1851. 

329. — 4. Thomas, born May 7, 1772. 

330.— 5. Mary, born June 1, 1774 ; nothing known. 

331. — 6. James, born 

332.-7. Simon, born ; nothing known. 

163. James 5 Wight (Eleazar 4 , Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ),hom March 25, 1732, married 
in Med way May 2, 1759, Ruth 4 Harding (45). This is the James Wight who with other Med- 
way citizens "did Have turns to Crown forte" in 1754. Two years later he was again on 
similar service, dubbed as Jeams Wite. (Jameson's Medway, 212, 213). James' name was in 
the list of qualified voters of Medway in 1804. (Jameson's Medway, 65). He died November 
2, 1808, in Medway, his wife had died there June 22, 1796. See 164. 

CHILD. 

333.— 1. Thomas, born in Medway, January 1, 1760. 

164. Relief 5 Wight (Eleazar 4 , Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 5, 1734, is 
called a " spinster " of Mendon, in a deed in 1756 made by her uncle Thomas 4 (64) to James 
Wight, husbandman, Relief Wight, spinster, and Eleazar Wight, husbandman." By this 
deed the grantor quitclaimed to the surviving children of his brother Eleazar 4 (65) all his 
interest in Mendon lands that had been the property of Eleazar Wight of Medfield, late 
deceased. These might have been lands which descended from Eleazar 3 Wight (17), who 
died in Medfield March 18, 1747. In 1762 Relief Wight married Ebenezer Wood, son of 
Samuel, son of Thomas Wood. 

165. Eleazar 5 Wight (Eleazar 4 ", Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 1, 1735, is 
called husbandman in the deed at 164. He married December 3, 1761, Ruth, born February 
30 (so in the record), 1739, daughter of William and Hannah (Nelson) Legg of Milford, Mass. 
Eleazar resided in Milford and he and his wife were members of the Congregational church 
there. They lived in the house formerly the property in whole or in part of Nathaniel 
Morse. It descended to Abner Wight (336) and then passed out of the family. (Ballou's 
Milford, 1121). Eleazar died December 3, 1775; his widow became the second wife of Lieut. 
Jesse Whitney, and died October 21, 1785. Eleazar's children were born in Milford. 

children. 

334 — 1. Mary, baptized March 27, 1763. 

335.-2. Hannah, baptized April 15, 1764. 

335 a 8. Eleazar, baptized March 23, 1766, died in Milford, November 25, 1775. 

336.-4. Abner, baptized June 12, 1768. 

337 — 5. Ruth, born June, 1770. 

337 a. 6. Olive; baptized June 6, 1773, died July 26, 1775. 

337 6. 7. Olive, baptized June 2, 1776 ; nothing told. 

167. William 5 Wight (Joshua 4 , Joshua 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 3, 1763, is 
doubtless, despite the discrepancies, the William Wight of Tunbridge, Vt., who stated in 
April, 1818, that he was aged 62 years, that while living in East Windsor, now Ellington, 
Conn., he volunteered for one year in June 1779 with Captain Grant in Col. Enos' Connecti- 
cut regiment going to White Plains, West Point and Horse Neck. He was enrolled for one 
year as a minute man but the duty required was to turn out upon alarms. He served 6 
months from June 1781 as a substitute in Capt. Ten Eyck's Company, Col. Butler's regiment, 
at White Plains and West Point. He served one year from June 1779 with Captain Allen in 
Col. Wells' regiment which went to New London and was discharged in March 1780. He 
also served three months under Col. Ripley in 1778. He was born, he stated, in Windham, 
Conn., in 1762, but this does not correspond with his former statement that he was 62 in 1818. 

There are Wights in or near Tunbridge, but I cannot learn whether or not they are his 
descendants. 

168. John 5 Wight (Joshua 4 , Joshua 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 12, 1770, is but 
indefinitely traced, if at all. There was a John Wight who was highway surveyor in Wind- 
ham, Vermont, in 1804. He then fades from view. Whether he was the son of Joshua or 
not I cannot say. See 170. 



52 The Wights. 



169. Ebenezek 5 Wight {Joshua 4 -, Joshua 3 , Thomas*, Thomas 1 ), born October 28, 1772, is 
said to have had quite a family and perhaps Mrs. John Mead of Roxbury, Delaware county, 
N. Y., is his daughter. See 170. 

170. Harvey 5 Wight (Joshua 4 , Joshua 5 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October , 1779, was 
one of the first settlers on the Beaver Dam Creek in Delaware County, N. Y. He married 

, Juda Jenkins, and their children were all born in Roxbury said Delaware 
County. Harvey died March 21, 1852, aged 72J years and Juda died March 28, 1852, aged 70 
years, 8 months, 25 days, both at Taylor, Cortland Co., N. Y. Of Harvey's father, Betsey 6 
Elmer (340) says she remembers seeing him and he died when she was small. Of Harvey's 
brothers Eben and John, Mrs. Elmer says, " One was supposed to go to Ohio." Mrs. John 
Mead, Roxbury, N. Y., was a niece of Harvey. Harvey's children may not all be arranged 
chronologically. 

CHILDREN. 

338.— 1. Eli, born July 19, 1802. 

339.— 2. Reuamy, born , 1803. 

340.— 8. Betsey, born April 24, 1804. 

341.— 4. Nancy, born 

343.— 5. Samuel, born 

343. — 6. Jonas, born 

344.— 7. Amos, born 

345 — 8. Sallie, born 

346.— 9. Polly, born 

347 10. John, born March 12, 1816. 

348.— 11. Jane Ann, born November 28, 1818. 

349 — 12. Jesse, born February 28, 1820. 

350 — 13. Maria, born July 6, 1821. 

Note. In Delaware. County N. Y. History, 274, I find that a Joshua Wight was elected an overseer of highways 
in Roxbury in that county in April 1800. This circumstance lends additional confirmation to the belief that 
Harvey Wight is properly placed, but it brings another difficulty. Inasmuch as Joshua 4 Wight (67) could not 
have been an overseer of highways in 1800, I am forced to suppose he had another son Joshua not named, or 
that all the children from William (167) through Harvey (170) are a generation too early, being the children of a 
parent not found in Windham, Conn., who would be the son of Joshua (67). The latter supposition is confirmed 
by the statement of Mrs Elmer, above, that she had seen her grandfather. This, which is the only doubtful 
affiliation in my book, I must leave for others to investigate. 

171. John 5 Wight (Benjamin 4 , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , mar- 
ried in Scituate, R. I., May 2, 1746 Mary Fiske. The same year his father deeded him land. 
In 1759 John deeded his interest in a farm to his brother Benjamin, reciting " it being the 
farm which our uncle Silvanus Wight late of Scituate died possessed of." John and his wife 
deeded land to their son David in 1770. John's life was passed in Scituate where his chil- 
dren were born. He lived on Burnt Hill, half a mile southwest from his father. He was a 
member of the Six Principles Baptist Church (102), and is mentioned by his descendants as 
Deacon John. He deeded a farm to his son Aaron in Scituate, and here he and his wife 
were supported by Aaron during their old age. John died September 23, 1808, and his widow 
died October 8, 1809 — both in Scituate. His will, dated June 20, 1803, probated October 22, 
1808, mentions his wife Mary, his daughters Mary Franklin, Elizabeth Colvin, Silence Potter 
and Chloe Hines, his grandson Hopkins Fiske, son of his daughter Dorcas Fiske, deceased, 
his sons David and Aaron, his granddaughter Ellis Wight, daughter of Dorcas Fiske, deceased, 
his grandchildren John, Deliverance and Lucy Wight, children of his son John Wight, Jr., 
deceased. It is impossible to arrange the children chronologically. 

CHILDREN. 

351.— 1. Mary, born 

358 — 2. John, born 

353 3. David, born 

354. — 4. Elizabeth, born 

355.-5 Dorcas, born 

356.-6. Aaron, born October 31 (some say 29), 1758. 

357.-7. Silence, born December 20, 1760. 

358 — 8. Chloe, born May 4, 1775. 

172. William 5 Wight (Benjamin 4 , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 
received land from his father in 1746. His first wife Albethany Bennett (70, Note), was the 
mother of his eldest ten children. She died in 1773. His second wife Elizabeth was daugh- 
ter of Tenty Potter (357) of Cranston, and bore him two children. William lived in Scituate. 
He was "more than 80 years of age " at his death in July 1807. He was 5 ft. 7 or 8 inches in 
height. He was never a church member, yet was one of the most peaceable, honest and 
upright of men, and was never known to use a profane word. His will is dated January 7, 
1807, and was probated August 15, 1807. His widow died May 17, 1821, in her 86th year. 
Her last expression was-a great desire for longer life. 



Fifth Generation. 53 



CHILDREN. 

359.— 1. Waity, born 

360 2. Ruth, born 

361.— 3. Reuben, born 

368.— 4. Sarah, born June 1, 1755, " on Saturday." 

363. — 5. Nathan, born 

364.— 6. William, born 

365. — 7. Benjamin, born about 1761. 

365 a. 8. Jabez, born ; died in bovhood. 

366 9. Potter, born about 1768. 

367 10. Moses, born 

368.— 11. Esther, born 

369.— 12. Rufus, born , was " about 50 years of age " in 1836. 

173. Peter 5 Wight (Benjamin 4, , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 

received land from his father in 1757. With his wife Eosannah he deeded realty in 1764. In 
1774 they deeded to their nephew David Wight (353). Peter resided in Scituate. I know 
of but one 

CHILD. 

370.— 1. Levina, born 

174. Benjamin 5 Wight (Benjamin 4 ", Benjamin 3 , Samuel' 2 , Tliomas 1 ), born , 
with his wife Mary sold real estate in 1760 and Benjamin alone deeded to his son Samuel in 
1777. In his will dated March 23, 1797, probated August 21, 1802, he mentioned his wife 
Mary, his eldest son Samuel and youngest son Joseph. He died May 12, 1802. He lived in 
Scituate, B. I. 

CHILDREN. 

37 l.— 1. Samuel, born in Scituate, June 13, 1752. 
373.-2. Joseph, born in Scituate, July 2, 1755. 

175. Buth 5 Wight (Benjamin 11 , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , mar- 
ried July 16, 1747, Peter Colvin. She had a daughter Buth 6 Colvin who married Curnell John 
Potter, June 11, 1778. John died April 7, 1821; Buth died 1816. They had sons Arnold 7 and 
Stephen 7 Potter, the latter of whom lived in Scituate, B. I. See 357 for possible corrections. 

176. Samuel 5 Wight (Joseph 4 , Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 25, 1730, mar- 
ried October 18, 1752, Mary Thompson of Bellingham. He lived in Bellingham, where his 
children were born and where he died May 8, 1790. His wife's death is not found in Belling- 
ham. 

CHILDREN. 

373 a. 1. Peter, born July 8. 1757. died in Bellingham, February 21, 1758. 

373.-2. Abiram, born May 5, 1763. 

374.-3. Mercy, born January 23, 1766. 

376.-4. Lucina, born July 23, 1769. 

177. Abigail 5 Wight (Joseph 4 , Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 3, 1735, married 
inMendon November 26, 1753, Eliphalet Holbrook, brother of Ebenezer Holbrook (84). 
Eliphalet and Abigail resided in Bellingham where their children's births are recorded. 
(Morse's Sherborn and Holliston, 129.) Eliphalet died April 28, 1776; his widow died Septem- 
ber 3, 1808. 

descendants. 

1. Olive 9 Holbrook, born April 4, 1754. 

2. Henry 6 Holbrook, August 27, 1756— October 1, 1833. 

3. Martha 9 Holbrook, born October 11, 1758. 

4. Caleb 9 Holbrook, born November 1, 1760. 

5. Peter 9 Holbrook, (November 23, 1762— December 3, 1837), married Mary Bates, of Mendon (February 10, 1767— 

April 9, 1850). Residence, Swanzey, N. H. Nine children. 

6. Seth 9 Holbrook, born July 17, 1765, married January 21, 1798, Hannah Bates. Residence, Bellingham. 

7. Nathan 9 Holbrook, born July 28, 1768, married May 29, 1793, Sally Bates ; three children. Residence, Mendon. 

8. Peruda 9 Holbrook, born March 24, 1770. 

9. Eliab 9 Holbrook, February 20, 1772— October 16, 1775. 

10. Eliphalet 9 Holbrook, February 9, 1774— October 15, 1775. 

11. Abigail 9 Holbrook, born Juue 9, 1776, died aged 6 weeks. 

182. Nathan 5 Wight (Elnathan 4 , Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born August 15, 1757, was 
brought up at his stepfather's home in Wrentham (Franklin) under the ministry of the ven- 
erable Dr. N. Emmons. Upon reaching his majority he, with his brother Eliab entered into 
the possession of their father's Bellingham estate, where they lived for sometime together. 
Nathan ultimately resigned the entire possession to his brother. As Captain Nathan he mar- 
ried in Franklin November 6, 1780, Jerusha Metcalf, born there in 1760. Their five children 
were born in Bellingham. There is recorded in Springfield a deed dated November 11, 1796, 



54 The Wights. 



of a farm in South Brimfield (now Wales) for $1600 from Daniel Hunger to " Eliab and 
Nathan Wight, gentlemen." Trie next year Eliab conveyed his share in this farm to his 
brother and Nathan removed to Wales. He was a prominent man in business and town 
affairs in Wales and was selectman in 1799, 1800 and 1802. Nathan was a farmer and drover 
and eventually became a shipper to Holland Purchase, N. Y., which latter circumstance 
turned his attention to that state as a place of residence. He moved to Attica soon after the 
death of his wife which occurred April 8, 1817. Here he had a saw mill. He died of apoplexy 
in Attica December 1, 1832 " very much lamented by all his acquaintances." So writes his 
son Theron to his brother Pliny December 9, 1832. The writer further states that Nathan, 
their father, had been at work in his mill the Thursday previous to his death and had been 
out of doors half an hour before he died. 

CHILDREN. 

376 1. Pliny, born June 2, 1783. 

376 a. 2. James, born January 2, 1786, died unmarried in Wales, Mass., in June, 1841. 

377.-8. Lucippa, born November 28, 1788. 

378 — 4. Theron, born March 23, 1794. 

379.-5. Julitta, born July 17, 1799 ; named for her mother's sister. 



Note 1. Fac simile of Nathan's handwriting : 



Wtijife^ o^ -^/^~ 



Note. 2. The Metcalfs : For an account of the origin of this name see Jameson's Medway, 502. Rev. Leonard 
Metcalf was born in 1545 and was rector of Tatterford, Norfolk. Eng. (Jameson's Medway, 502.) His son Michael 
was born in Tatterford, 1586. and was a dornix weaver in Norwich, of which city he was made freeman June 21, 
1618. His wife Sarah was born June 17, 1593, and was married October 13, 1616. Their seven eldest children were 
born in St. Benedict's, Norwich, and four later at St. Edmondsbury. He was a man of much prominence in Nor- 
wich and was the object of the persecutions of Bishop Wren and his chancelor Corbet. See the statement of his 
reasons for emigrating made by Michael Metcalf in a letter " to ail the true professors of Christ's Gospel within 
the city of Norwich," written' from Plymouth, Eng., on the eve of his departure for America, Register, XVI, 
279. He sailed in April, 1637, with his wife, eight children and his servant Thomas Comberbach (Hotten's 
Original List'', 289.) He was admitted a townsman of Dedham, July 14, 1637. His wife died November 30, 1644 ; 
he died December 24, 1664. (Hill's Dedham Records, I, 127, 9.) Three of his children are of present interest : 

1. Michael Metcalf (August 29, 1620— December 24, 1654), of Dedham, married April 2, 1644, Mary Fair- 

banks (36, Note). Their daughter Mary, born August 15, 1646, married, December 10, 1668, John Ware 
(153, Note 1), of Dedham. Another daughter Sarah, born December 7, 1648, married June 4, 1677, 
Robert Ware (153, Note I), of Wrentham. The youngest child of Michael and Mary Metcalf was 
Eleazar, born March 20, 1653, deacon of the Wrentham church. He married, April 9, 1684, Milletiah 
Fisher. The oldest surviving son of Deacon Eleazar was Michael, born May 21, 1687, elder of the 
Wrentham church. He married Abiel Colburn, of Dedham, and had twelve children. The seventh 
child was Col. James Metcalf, born 1728, died 1803, deacon of Dr. Emmons' church in Wrentham. He 
married, January 3. 1754, Abial Haven (Note 3) and had a daughter Jerusha, who married Nathan 5 
Wight above. Abiel, the eleventh child of Michael and Abiel Metcalf, married Michael 5 Ware (58). 
Eleazar and Milletiah Metcalf had a younger son, Eleazar, born November 21, 1710, who married Mar- 
garet 5 Ware (58). 

2. John Metcalf (September 5, 1622 — November 27, 1675), of Dedham. married March 22, 1647, Mary Chick- 

ering and had a son, Eleazar Metcalf, father of Michael, father of Peletiah, father of Benjamin 
Metcalf, who married Eunice 6 Ware (59). (Register, XLI, 48.) 

3. Deacon Thomas Metcalf (December 27, 1629— November 16, 1702), of Dedham, married, September 12, 

1656, Sarah Paige. Their son, Thomas Metcalf, born May 7, 1671, married Sarah Avery (46). 

Authority : Register, VI, 171. 

Notes. Haven: Richard Haven, with his wife Susanna, came from the west of England and settled in 
Lynn in 1645. There Susanna died February 7, 1682, and there Richard died in 1703. Among twelve children 
were: 

1. Nathaniel Haven (June 30, 1664—1746) of Framingham : wife. Elizabeth. Their oldest child. Martha, 

born April 7, 1690, married, first, Samuel Wesson, and, second, January 12, 1714, Isaac Cozzens. Isaac 
and Martha had Rebecca Cozzens (March 21, 1730— November 19, 1807), who, May 22, 1750, married 
Ezekiel Morse. Their son, Abner Morse, was father of Betsy Morse, who married Seneca 8 Wight 
(380) 

2. Deacon Moses Haven (May 20, 1667— November 14, 1747), of Lynn, married Mary Ballord. Their 

youngest child, Daniel Haven, born June 16, 1708, an octogenarian, lived in Framingham and Dover, 
and had, by wife Mehetabel, a daughter. Abial Haven, born July 1, 1732. She was the wife of Col. 
James Metcalf (Note 2). (Adams' Haven Genealogy.) 

183. Eliab 5 Wight {Elnathan 4 -, Joseph;*, Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), _ born June 29, 1760, was 
brought up in Franklin with his step-father Mann, where he imbibed the doctrines of the 
venerable Dr. N. Emmons, and received religious influences, which controlled his whole 
life. The same views of doctrine held by his parents and Mr. Mann were received by him, 
and were held also by his wife Jemima Hawes of Franklin, whom he married November 23, 
1782. She was a woman of great excellence. The farm belonging to his father was at first 
occupied by Nathan and Eliab together, but came eventually into the entire ownership of 
Eliab, who dwelt there until his death. After Mr. Mann's death Eliab's mother came to the 
farm to live. Eliab was a warm friend of Rev. Mr. Alden of the Baptist church Bellingham, 
and was a deacon in his church. He enjoyed also the intimate friendship of Rev. Dr. 
Nathaniel Kendrick of Hamilton, N. Y., who spent two years of his early ministry in Belling- 
ham. Eliab held until old age the office of justice of the peace. His wife who had been born 
January 28, 1761, died April 26, 1835. He survived until October 4, 1855. His children were 
born in Bellingham. 



Fifth Generation. 55 



CHILDREN. 

380 — 1. Seneca, born June 24, 1784. 

381 — 2. Abigail, born October 11, 1786. 

382.-3. Patty, born June 26, 1788. 

383. — 4. Amherst, born June 15, 1791. 

384.-5. Austin, born April 6, 1793. 

385 6. Nancy, born July 25, 1796. 

386 — 7. Eliab, born July 14, 1798. 

387.-8. Jemima, born September 8, 1801. 

184. David 5 Wight (Jonathan 4 -, Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born August 16, 1733, mar- 
ried in Medway June 19, 1760, Catharine Morse who was born in Medfield March 5, 1737. 
Immediately after the marriage David began housekeeping " on the great public road in 
Medway." In 1766 he erected a new house there and opened it for public entertainment. 
(Davis' Sturbridge and Southbridge, 26). Earlier than this however he was licensed to sell 
liquor, for from the settlement of the Henry Harding estate in 1764 we learn that Asa Boy- 
den made the coffin for Mr. Harding, Amos Plimpton dug the grave, Benjamin Hews " toled 
the bell," and David Wight furnished three pints of rum for the funeral. (Tilden's Medfield, 
406). About 1773 David sold out his business as innkeeper and removed westward with his 
family, making the pioneer settlement upon the banks of the Quinebaug river in Stur- 
bridge. He purchased 1000 acres of wild land, from the heirs of Governor Saltonstall of Con- 
necticut for $4500. During the negotiation for this purchase, Mr. Wight visited Sturbridge to 
view this tract of wild land, and at the same time went farther up the river and looked over 
a tract now within the limits of Holland, and known as the Church place, and which included 
a portion of the land now occupied by the reservoir of the Hamilton Woolen Co. Mr. Wight 
returned to Medway undecided which purchase would prove the better bargain. It was 
finally arranged that Mrs. Wight should make a tour of inspection and decide which tract to 
take. Accordingly preparations were made and Mrs. Wight made the journey solitary and 
alone on horseback, taking along with her, in a pair of saddle-bags, provision sufficient to 
supply need between the points of public accommodation, which, at that time, were not very 
abundant, for the road, a portion of the way, was a mere path, indicated by a line of marked 
trees, and therefore was not very inviting to hotel-keepers. At length Mrs. Wight reached 
the Quinebaug and took a careful survey, with the eye, of both tracts, and decided at once 
to locate in Sturbridge and make that their future home. She returned without mishap to 
Medway after an absence of four weeks and the contract of purchase was immediately closed. 
On May 10, 1774, the family started for their new home. The first night their teams rested 
in, "Oxbridge and the second in Oxford plains. On the third day in passing through the 
Charlton woods, one load was upset whereon was the young son Alpheus. From beneath 
many moveables the child was extricated unhurt and the journey finished that night — May 
12, 1774. Their first night in Sturbridge was spent in a little hut near the residence of the 
late Alpheus Wight 8 Prouty (929). The tract purchased embraced all the territory of Wight 
Village and included the premises of George 8 Wight (1818), and the Worcester South Agri- 
cultural Grounds. Work was immediately begun in clearing the land and before winter a 
comfortable house was built upon the spot of the first encampment, which was occupied 
until 1787 when the home was finished in which David lived until his death. This is the 
house later occupied by Caroline 7 (Wight) Prouty (929). The former house was converted 
into a shop where David worked at his trade as a cabinetmaker. (Southbridge Journal, May 
23, 1873.) 

The improvement of this Sturbridge farm was made during the period of high war 
prices. This fact with his large land purchase and the depreciation of paper money ren- 
dered David's circumstances embarrassing for a few years. William Brattle (Note 2) from 
whom the thousand acres were purchased, and who held David's note for a considerable sum 
departed for Halifax during the war and never returned. After his departure David received 
payment for his inn in Medway in paper money, but could not find Mr. Brattle to redeem 
his own paper. As a result the paper money depreciated in his hands to his loss $2000. In 
1796, however, while in Boston with his son David to effect a settlement with William Brat- 
tle's son Thomas (then in America to arrange the affairs of his deceased father) the younger 
David bought for $10 a ticket in the Harvard College lottery. It drew a prize of $5000. The 
elder David took $2000 from his son in exchange for Sturbridge land, and with the aid of 
this money all foreign claims upon the farm were removed. (Davis' Sturbridge and South- 
bridge 26-30). 

The children and grandchildren of David in goodly numbers settled closely around their 
ancestor, so that " Wight village " grew up. David died September 8, 1822, and his widow 
died February 18, 1827— both in Sturbridge. Their children were born in Medway. 

CHILDREN. 

388 — 1. David, born May 13, 1761. 

389 — 2. Festus, born May 81, 1763, died uumarried in Sturbridge, April 16, 1791. 

390 —3. Oliver, born September 27, 1765. 

391.— 4. Alpheus, born September 16, 1770. 

Note 1. Catharine Morse was daughter of Joshua Morse (December 28, 1710— June 24, 1773), of Medfield, who, 
in 1733, married Mary Partridge. Joshua was the son of Hon. Joshua Morse (April 2, 1679— April 26, 1749), by his 
second wife, widow Mary Paine, of Brain tree. Hon. Joshua's parents were Samuel and Elizabeth (Wood) Morse 
(7, Note 2). ^ ' 



56 



The Wights. 



Note 2. David Wight moved to Sturbridge forty years after the first settlers and thirty -six years after the 
incorporation of the town. Its population in 1774 was about 1,200 or 1,300. Yet David and his sons wrought 
their homesteads from new land at that date and in a comparative wilderness. David's title ran as follows : 
Early in the history of Massachusetts Bay that colony gave to Sir Richard Saltonstall 2,000 acres on the banks of 
the Connecticut river. In 171S the title thereto had vested in his great-grandson, Rev. Gurdon Saltonstall, of 
New London, Conn. The new boundary line between Massachusetts and Connecticut, established in 1718, placed 
these acres, as well as many other grants from Massachusetts, south of the division line. According to the agree- 
ment between the two colonies, Massachusetts paid for these lands found to be in Connecticut by other lands in 
the now undisputed territory of Massachusetts. These lands were known as equivalent lands. In May, 1714, 
Rev. Gurdon Saltonstall, then governor of Connecticut, accepted of the General Assembly of the colony the right 
to •' take up to his own use the said quantity of acres, among the equivalents allowed to this colony, where it 
shall best suit him, provided the tract be taken up in one entire piece." It suited him to select the central valley 
of Sturbridge, which was surveyed November 24, 1714, and called Pine land. Gov. Saltonstall's daughters, to 
whom this property went, were Elizabeth, wife of Richard Christophers; Mary, wife of Jeremiah Miller; Sarah, 
wife of Samuel Davis, all of New London; and Katherine, wife of William Brattle, of Cambridge. {Register, 
XXV, 81.) William Brattle was a descendant of Thomas Brattle (83). See Harris' Brattle Family, 8. The eastern 
half of the 2,000 acres, vested in Mrs. Christophers and Mrs. Miller, who sold it to William Ward in 1782. The 
western half fell to the other sisters, but eventually settled in the Brattles and remained in them until sold to 
David Wight in 1774. (Private letter from Levi B. Chase, Esq , 37.) 

185. Jonathan 5 Wight {Jonathan 4 ", Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 9, 
1734, married in Boston July 29, 1760, Lois Clark of Medfield, born November 26, 1735. Jon- 
athan built the house in Medfield, now owned by his descendant, George Horatio 8 Wight 
(1851). Jonathan was one of the eleven citizens of Medfield drafted to fill that town's quota 
in 1781, for the continental army. The officer warned these citizens of their selection, but he 
complained that they " payd no Regard to my warning." (Tilden's Medfield 517, 176). Jona- 
than was however in the service of his country at some time during the revolutionary war. 
He was selectman of Medfield in 1777, 1787, 1794, 1795. In 1804 he was chosen deacon of the 
old church of which he had been a member since 1761. His wife died September 6, 1801; he 
died June 12, 1830 — both in Medfield. There also were born their 

CHILDREN. 

398.— 1. Amos, born November 16, 1760. 

392 a. 2. Nathan, born December 2, 1762, killed by the fall of a cart wheel, July 16, 1764. 

393 3. Sarah, born December 27, 1764. 

394. — i. Margaret, born February 12, 1767, died in Medfield, unmarried, April 10, 1849. 

395.-5. Jonathan, born July 12, 1769. 

396.-6. Nathan, born February 2, 1772. 

Note 1. Jonathan's hand- writing in 1785 : 



yjtwu*./^ >< ^/Q^ 



Note 2. Lois Clark was the youngest child of Seth Clark (1687—1756), of Medfield, by his wife, Abigail Met- 
calf, whom he married in 1718. Seth was the youngest child of Benjamin Clark, of Medfield, by his wife, Dorcas 
Morse (7, Note 2), who- died in 1725. Benjamin was the second child of Joseph and Alice (Pepper) Clark (16) of 
Dedham. 

186, Sarah 5 Wight {Jonathan 4 , Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 4, 1736, mar- 
ried March 25, 1761, David Plimpton (September 28, 1738— April 15, 1826). He was a far- 
mer on the homestead of his father in the northeast part of Medfield. He served in 1776 
and '77 in Rhode Island in the company of Captain Sabin Mann, of Medfield. For his ances- 
try see 46, Note 2; 86, Note. Sarah, who lived in married life 65 years, died in Medfield, 
August 1, 1834. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Henrv 6 Plimpton (August 17, 1762 — December 17, 1842), farmed in Medfield and Sturbridge ; he was a revolu- 
tionary soldier ; he married March 28, 1792 Lois 7 Smith (30). She died in 1800 and in 1801 he married Cath- 
arine Boyden (1767— December 3, 1831). Eight children, including : 

2. Eunice 7 Plimpton, born 1793, married April 21, 1814, Nathan Pond (July 14, 1790— August 17, 1816), of 

Walpole. She married May 20, 1818, his brother Captain Daniel Pond (August 13, 1788— October 2, 
1832), of Walpole. Upon Eunice's death, after 1824, Captain Daniel married Eliza 7 (Plimpton) Fisher, 
below. As to these Ponds, see 752, Note. Among Eunice's children were: 

1. Emeline 8 Pond (September 21, 1814— June 9, 1883), married August 19, 1832, Caleb S. Tubbs.born 

July 18, 1812, died at East Boston May 25, 1861. They resided at Walpole ; nine children. 

2. Maria 8 Pond, born December 1. 1815, married January 1, 1835, Elbridge G. Piper, born at Rum- 

ney, N. H., August 16, 1811. Lived at Walpole ; four children. 

5. Nathan 8 Pond, born March 25, 1821, of Milton, married September 21, 1851, Sarah Ann, born 

August 15, 1823, daughter of Shadrac and Sarah Pearce, of Woodchurch, Kent, Eng. Six 
children. 

6. Mary Antoinette 8 Pond, born May 20, 1824, married May 12, 1847, Daniel G. Shepard, of Frank- 

lin, Mass. 

3. Amos 7 Plimpton (1795-1852), married 1827, Betsey (1798-1881), daughter of Paul Fisher, of Medfield. 

1. Adaline Mason 8 Plimpton, born June 24, 1829, married June 14, 1849, William Mason Smith, a 
painter in Medfield, who died June 8, 1881. 

1. Frederick Mason 9 Smith, born April 3, 1850, a painter in Medfield. 

4. Warren 7 Plimpton (1796-1880), married 1821, Mary 8 Fisher (20) (1800-1852). He married in 1857 Mary 

A. Maynard. Residence Medfield. 



Fifth Generation. 57 



1. Lois S. s Plimpton, born December 30, 1821, married December 25, 1847, William L. Williams, a 

blacksmith of Providence, R. I. 

1. Elizabeth A. 9 Williams, born March 19, 1848, married May 29, 1875, Albert F. Sutton, 

of Providence. 

2. Annie C.° Williams, born May 30, 1850, married November 19, 1875, Joseph Farquhar, of 

Boston. 

2. Betsey L. 8 Plimpton, born March 15, 1823, married October 24, 1850, Reuben E. Fiske, of Hol- 

liston, who died June 5, 1879. 
8. Edmund Otis* Plimpton (April 16, 1827— April 22, 1878), a larmer in Medway, married 1848, 
Mary E. Fuller, of Boston, who died in 1851. In 1857 he married Lois Hayden, of Marlboro. 
A son Warren Hayden Plimpton, born January 12, 1862, married August 25, 1884, Lily Ger- 
trude Guild, of Medway. 

4. Andrew F. 8 Plimpton, born March 7, 1829, a soldier in the war of 1861 ; married March 15, 1868, 

Catherine D. Wales, of Milford. 

5. Mary L. 8 Plimpton, born 1832, married 1852, Rufus L. Chandler ; later, George Rice, and in 1862 

H. Wiley, of Westboro. 

6. Warren Henry 8 Plimpton, born March 16, 1835, married June 14, 1859, Lucy A. Welman, of 

Attleboro ; served more than three years in the war of 1861 ; a contractor and builder, Provi- 
dence, R. I. A daughter Nellie A. Plimpton, born April 2, 1860, married May 10, 1882, Her- 
bert S. Norris, a jeweler in Providence. 

7. John Luther 8 Plimpton, born March 17, 1837, a painter in Providence, a soldier four years in 

the war of 1861, married December 6, 1866, L. Maria Hayes, of Holliston. 

8. Harriet M. 8 Plimpton (December 8, 1840— September 1, 1876), married Albert Cleale, of Holliston. 

1. Ida B. 9 Cleale, born January 1, 1863, married George Mugridge, a blacksmith of Provi- ' 
deuce 

9. Abby L. 8 Plimpton, born 1858. 

5. Eliza"? Plimpton, born 1798, married, 1818, Caleb Fisher (1799-1828), of Medfield. She married August 
1, 1830, Captain Daniel Pond, above. In 1838 she married Joseph Hardy, a farmer of Claremont, N. 
H., who settled in Medfield. He died at New Orleans about 1863 in the Union army. 

1. Mason 8 Fisher, born 1819, married Hannah R. Smith. A baker in Fall River, Mass. 

1. Charles Edward 9 Fisher, of Fall River, married Ella T. Kilburn. 

2. George Boutwell 9 Fisher, of Fall River, married Annie Elizabeth Nichols. 

2. Henry H. 8 Fisher, born December 3, 1823, a baker in New Bedford, married January 2, 1845, 

Judith R. BTightman, of Little Compton, R. I. 

3. George 8 Fisher, born 1826, a cabinetmaker at Hyde Park, Mass. 

4. Elman 8 Pond, born January 6, 1831, a farmer at Sharon, Mass., and later a car builder at New 

Bedford, married in Boston, July 5, 1854, Harriet Lucinda Coolidge who died at Claremont, 
N. H, March 21, 1867. He married May 11, 1868, Esther Eliza Fuller. 

1. Lillie Ann 9 Pond, born at Ludlow, Vt., April 21, 1857, married April 21, 1877, Frank G. 
Grimshaw, of New Bedford. 
7. Jabez 7 Plimpton (June 1, 1802— November 15 1877), a farmer in Sturbridge, married November 18, 1825, 
Eliza Bridges of Brookfield, Mass., who died October, 1884. 

1. William Henry 8 Plimpton (February 11, 1826— July 17, 1871), of Sturbridge, married October 10, 

1852, Lucinda Perry of Bangor, Me. A son, Chester Henry 9 Plimpton, born December 2, 1854 
a farmer in Sturbridge, married March 18, 1874, Abby L. Chickering. 

2. David Bridges 8 Plimpton, born June 16, 1827, resides at Chesterfield Factory, N. H.; married 

September 5, 1852, Hannah E. Ladd. A daughter, Rose E. 9 Plimpton, married an Amidon. 

3. John Albert 8 Plimpton, born June 16, 1829, married October 4, 1851, Anna S. Whittemore, who 

died June 7, 1880. He was in the war of 1861. A farmer in Sturbridge. 

1. Ella J. 9 Plimpton, born October 10, 1852, wife of Fred Upham and of Henry Weld. 

2. Jennie M.° Plimpton married George F. Dore. 

3. Fred A. 9 Plimpton married Irene A. Estes, of Abington. 

4. Oliver Jabez 8 Plimpton, born October 6, 1830, a farmer in West Brookfield, married April 6, 

1852, Lucy Jane Fay of Sturbridge. 

5. Chester F. 8 Plimpton, born October 28, 1833, a farmer in Cleveland, Iowa, married April 27, 

1857, Laura Ann Chickering of Sturbridge. 

6. Mary Elizabeth 8 Plimpton, born October 8, 1835, married May 10, 1858, Amasa H. Richards, of 

Sturbridge, later of Wayzata, Minn. 

7. Catherine 8 Plimpton, born April 7, 1838, married Elbridge Perry of Bangor, Me., later of Oak- 

ham, Mass. 

8. Isaac Gay 8 Plimpton, born January 10, 1841, died July 4, 1862, of wounds received at the battle 

of Malvern Hill, Va. 
Elzaphans Plimpton (September 4, 1764— September 17, 1817), married February 11, 1789, Sarah Hunt (October 
- 2, 1765 — February 23, 1841) of Sherborn. He settled about 1792 in Shrewsbury, Mass. (WaTd's Shrewsbury 410). 

1. Polly 7 Plimpton (February 4, 1790— April 18, 1825) married 1807, Joseph Plimpton (October 6, 1789— Sep- 

tember 5, 1855). 

1. Elias Mann 8 Plimpton (September 10, 1807— April 7, 1876) married Harriet E. Smith of Portland, 
Me., and resided there. 

1. Ellen H. 9 Plimpton married George H. Williams, a ship carpenter at Portland. 

2. Nathan 8 Plimpton (February 1, 1810— December 24, 1860) postmaster of North Yarmouth, Me., 

and storekeeper, married Irene Blanchard. 

1. Charles R. 9 Plimpton, born June 18, 1884, married Elnora C. Wilson, of Cumberland, 

Me., and Emma L. Crosby of Bergen, N. J.; a merchant tailor in New York. 

2. Sarah 9 Plimpton, born February 2, 1836, married Rev. Nathaniel H. Broughton of 

Boston. 
8. George S. n Plimpton born February 1841, a merchant tailor in New York, residing in 
Hackensack, N. J., married Emma Doremus of Bergen. He was in New Jersey legis- 
lature in 1872-3. 

3. Almira 8 Plimpton, born February 12, 1812, married September 22, 1831, William E. Goodnow 

(1808— June 9, 1886) of Northboro, Mass., and April 5, 1846, Vernis Streeter of Northboro. 

4. James Radcliffe 8 Plimpton, born July 20, 1816, a farmer at East Medway, married 1851, Mrs. 

Sophronia Jones. 

5. Mary Jane 8 Plimpton (September 9, 1821— September 5, 1860) married 1846, Joseph Kimball of 

Westboro and later Henry B. Stewart of Philo, 111. 

6. Catherine E. 8 Plimpton (August 7, 1829— March 25, 1881), married July 1866, Lucius Eaton of 

Philo, 111. 

2. Sarah 7 Plimpton (July 19, 1791—1826), married 1812, Thomas Brewer, Jr., a carpenter in Boylston, Mass. 

1. Thomas 8 Brewer, born November 4, 1814, had a daughter Mary Adelaide 9 , who married C. W. 

Ruggles. 

2. Elzaphan Plimpton 8 Brewer, born October 12, 1816, married Jane Knowlton of Milford, N. H. 



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3. Sarah Plimpton" Brewer, born July 31, ISIS, married Levi Dakiu of Worcester. Their oldest 

child Luther" Dakin of Worcester, married Nancy Bolio. 

4. Stephen Ball" Brewer, horn September 29, 1820, of Shrewsbury, married Laura Cummings of 

Warren. 

5. Lucy Anns Brewer, born August 29, 1S24, married Hon. Charles Blake Pratt of Worcester, and 

has a son Charles T.° Pratt, born December 26, 1845, married Jennie C. Jewettof Bridgewater, 

3. Abigail" Plimpton (July 15, 1793—1834), married 1814, Russell Garfield, a carpenter of Shrewsbury. 

4. Olive" Plimpton (March 22, 1796—1820), married December], 1818, Elijah Ball of Shrewsbury. 

5. Lyman? Plimpton (March 8. 1798— June 25, 1825) married 1819, Elizabeth Gale of Boylston. 

6. Nancy" Plimpton (July 18, 1800—1835) of Shrewsbury, married 1824, Elijah Ball. 

7. Jonathan' Plimpton (April 28, 1S03— January 13, 1852), a farmer of Shrewsbury, married December 27, 

1825, Maria Cornish of Boston. 

8. Alexander Hamilton? Plimpton (July 28, 1804— February 21, 18S4) of Shrewsbury, married Harriet 

Eoote of Sutton. 

9. John Baxter? Plimpton (July 6, 1808— March 9, 1876) married September 4, 1832, Hannah Almira Allen; 

a shoe manufacturer, Shrewsbury. 

1. Lucy Ann" Plimpton, born May 8, 1834, principal of Albany (N. Y.) Female Academy. 

2. Albert Horatio 8 Plimpton, born December 27, 1836, of Shrewsbury, married Catherine Eliza- 

beth Bennett. 

3. Noah Allen 8 Plimpton, born September 11, 1841, of Worcester, married Helen Marion Flint of 

Shrewsbury. 

3. David Plimpton (September 8, 1768— January 17, 1837), a farmer in Medfield, married April 19, 1792, Hannah 

Richardson (399, Note) of Medfield. Seven children including: 

1. Leonard 7 Plimpton (August 8, 1792— January 26, 1873), married November 27, 1819, Sarah Turner Lane, 
of Scituate, Mass. He was a satinet weaver in Medfield. Nine children including ; 

1. Henry Richardson 8 Plimpton, born October 8, 1820, married October 14, 1856, Mary E. Sacket; 

designer of and dealer in furniture and decorations in Boston and New York. 

2. Joanna Lane 8 Plimpton, born September 7, 1822, married June 11, 1845, Henry Clark, of Rox- 

bury. 
5. James" Leonard 8 Plimpton, born April 14, 1828, married December 6, 1852, Harriet Amelia 
Adams ; he is partner of his brother Henry, and inventor of the guidable roller skate, and 
Plimpton cabinet bed. 

6. William 7 Plimpton, born October 18. 1807, a farmer in Walpole, married Hannah Smith Draper and 

Amanda M. Boyden. 

7. David 7 Plimpton, born July 9, 1811, a farmer in Medfield, married June 18, 1840, Eunice Maria Ware 

(August 17, 1817 — December 1, 3881), of Walpole. Four children, including : 

1. Elizabeth Maria 8 Plimpton, born May 23, 1841, married May 15, 1862, William Fisher" Guild 
(234, Note 3), of Medfield. 

3. Caroline Louisa 8 Plimpton, born December 9, 1846, married John J. Demerritt. 

4. Sarah Plimpton (April 20, 1774— May 10, 1817), married March 21, 1793, Daniel Chickering, of Dover. 

5. Anna Plimpton (September 25, 1779 — 1S03), married Calvin Chickering, of Dover. 

188. Lois 3 Wight {Jonathan 1 , Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 11, 1738, fell 
into a well wben a child and her mind became permanently affected in consequence. She 
died in Medfield July 1, 1831. 

189. Eunice 5 Wight (Jonathan* , Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 9, 1740, married 
in Medfield, November 3, 1763, Enoch Adams, born September 4, 1732 (Morse's Sherborn and 
Holliston, 4, gives 1734). They lived a portion of their life near the present poor farm in Med- 
field, in a house standing between the roads. From 1764 to 1772 they lived on Green st., near 
Mr. James Griffin's residence. Enoch was chosen deacon of the church in 1779, and served 
the town as treasurer, clerk and selectman. (Tilden's Medfield, 283). They removed about 
1795 to Milford. They both died in Rutland, Mass. Enoch died aged 79, July 9, 1811, and 
Eunice died June 22, 1817. Their children were born in Medfield. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Eunice Adams, born July 17, 1768, was received to communion in 1792. She did not marry. 

2. Enoch Adams, June 24, 1775— August 31, 1782. 

3. Oliver Adams, born October 27, 1777. 

Note. Adams : The English ancestry of Henry Adams of Braintree, is as yet undetermined. As to the for- 
gery of a long English line extending into Wales in the 14th century, see Register VII, 39 ; XXXI, 333 ; XXXVII, 
159." Henry Adams "who took his flight from the dragon persecution in Devonshire" (Register VII, 40), 
emigrated in 1632, with at least eight sons, to America and settled in that part of Braintree which later became 
Quincy. Four of the sons, Henry, Peter, Edward and Jonathan, were among the proprietors of Medfield. 

1. Henry Adams, born in England about 1604, principal military officer and first town clerk of Medfield, 

was killed in his doorway by the Indians February 21, 1676. His wife Elizabeth, whom he married 
October 17, 1643 was daughter of Moses Paine, of Braintree, and was wounded by the accidental dis- 
charge of a gun on the same day her husband was slain, and died the next day. Their son Moses 
(October 26, 1654-1729), of Sherborn, by wifeLydia Whitney had a son James Adams of Sherborn. James 
married Abigail Hill and had a daughter Elizabeth Adams, wife of Elisha^'Rockwood (27). — Henry 
Adams (November 19, 1657 — 1733), a younger brother of Moses, married Prudence Frary (August 20, 
1662 — February 20, 1750), daughter of John Frary and his wite Elizabeth Harding (Morse's Frary family, 
179). Henry and Prudence had a son Jeremiah (January 14, 1691 — October 8, 1772), who was dismissed 
from the Medfield to the Medway church in 1749. Jeremiah by wife Rebecca had a son Elisha Adams 
(February 19, 1719 — March 23, 1781). Elisha married November 26, 1741, Rachael Daniell of Medway, 
and they "were the parents of Rev. Daniel Adams who married Silence 5 Wight (192). — Henry and Pru- 
dence (Frary) Adams had another son Henry (March 26, 1702 — November 3, 1782), of Medfield, who 
married Jemima (March 16, 1709—1785), daughter of Hon. Joshua Morse and granddaughter of Samuel 
and Elizabeth (Wood) Morse t.T,Note2). Henry and Jemima had a son Enoch Adams who married 
Eunice 5 Wight, above; a daughter Elizabeth (August 1, 1736— December 11, 1822), who married Oliver 
Adams, below ; a daughter Jemima (April 11, 1740— October 27, 1814), who, September 27, 1764, married 
Joseph Lovell, of Medway, and had Jemima Lovell, wife of Ezra Richardson (21); and a son Elijah 
(1743-1823). This last married Abigail Chenery of Medfield, and had a daughter Abigail, wife of 
Nathan" Wight (396). 

2. Peter Adams, moved to Medfield about 1652 and died 1690. By wife Rachel he had a son Samuel (1671- 

1781), a cordwainer of Medfield, whose only child Sarah Adams married Samuel 1 Ellis (22). 



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3. Edward Adams, settled in Medfield about 1652, and had, by wife Lydia, a son Jonathan Adams, who 

married Mary' 1 Ellis (20). Edward had also a son John (1657— March 1, 1751), who married in 1682 
Deborah Partridge. John and Deborah were parents of Daniel Adams, born in 1686, of Medway. 
Daniel, by wife Sarah, had a daughter Abigail Adams, wife of Abraham 4 Harding (45). Another son 
ascribed to John Adams, born 1657, although not included in the Adams Genealogy in Tilden's Med- 
field, 280, was Jonathan of Medway, who died May '12, 1744. By wife Dorcas he had a son Jonathan 
(August 80, 1737— March 21, 1818), who married Catharine Boydeii (1738— December 10, 1819). These 
last had a son Micah Adams (1762— April 1, 1842), of Medway, whose wite was Mercy Penniman (1765— 
April 23, 1829). Micah and Mercy were parents of Edward Adams (May 4, 1798— September 23, 1870), 
who married October 4, 1829, Keziah Lovell Clark, born in Miltord, October 30, 1804. Their daughter 
Mary Richardson Adams, was wife of George Horatio 8 Wight (1851).— A daughter of John Adams 
born 1657, Hannah by name, born in 1707, married Timothy 1 Ellis (22).— Edward and Lydia Adams 
had also a son Henry Adams, who married Patience 3 Ellis (24). 

4. Jonathan Adams, went to Medfield. He married Elizabeth Fussell and lived in Medway (now Millis). 

They had a son Deacon Jonathan Adams (1679— January 24, 1718), who married Thamezin Sheffield, 
who was born in Holliston May 25, 1673. These last had a son Ezekiel (1705-1777), who removed from 
Medway to Medfield. He married in 1740 Lydia Lovell, and had a son Gershom Adams (1745-1834), 
who married Prudence Bullen. They were parents of Prudence Adams, wife of Charles 6 Wight (411). 
— A younger son of Deacon Jonathan and Thamezin was also named Jonathan (1709 — November 4, 
1804), of East Medway. He married April 30, 1732, Patience Clark (May 3, 1710— July 11, 1801), and had 
a son Oliver Adams, born June 30, 1738, of Medway, who married Elizabeth Adams, above. Oliver 
and Elizabeth had a son Jasper Adams (February 23, 1767— March 6, 1820), who married November 22, 
17^2, Amy Rounds of Rehoboth (July 27, 1764— February 5, 1827). The oldest child of Jasper and 
Elizabeth, Rev. Jasper Adams, D. D., married Mercy Daniels 8 Wheeler (21). As to Dr Jasper Adams, 
see American Quarterly Register XII, 169 ; Thomas Diet, of Biog., 45 ; Jameson's Medway, 335. — Oliver and 
Elizabeth Adams had a daughter Amy or Anna who married Joseph 7 Richardson (21) 

5. Joskph Adams, born 1626, of Braintree, eighth child of Henry, married Abigail Baxter, who died August 

27, 1692. Their son Joseph, born October 24, 1654, married Hannah Bass, and had a son John, who by 
wife Susannah Boylston, had son John\Adams, second president of the United States. Joseph and 
Abigail had also a son Capt. John Adams, born 1661, of Boston, who married Hannah Webb. Their 
son Samuel, who married Mary Fifield, was father of Samuel Adams, the patriot. 

Authorities : Morse's Sherborn and Holliston ; Tilden's Medfield ; Jameson's Medway, but their dates vary. 

191. Aaron 3 Wight (Jonathan 4 , Jonathan 3 . Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born February 24, 1742, 
enlisted from Medfield as a soldier in the French and Indian war, and became very sick 
while on the service in the wilds of New York. He was nursed by a squaw whom he called 
his Indian mother, and whom years afterward he went to see. (Tilden's Medfield, 517). He 
became a physician of. much repute in Medway, where he settled. He married November 
5, 1767, Mary Kittredge, born 1749, of Andover, Mass., doubtless a daughter of Dr. John 
Kittredge, who removed from Tewksbury to North Andover in 1741, and whose descendants 
have been ever since prominent physicians in Andover. (Abbot's Andover, 150; Bailey's 
Andover, 157). Mary died in childbirth June 14, 1772. Dr. Wight married November 17, 1774, 
Mary Haven of Holliston, who died August 26, 1775. Dr. Wight again married January 17, 
1776,' Jemima Rutter of East Sudbury, who was born in 1760. In 1776 a small pox hospital 
was established on Noon Hill in Medfield, and some regulations concerning inoculation were 
adopted. Dr. Wight was in charge of the_ institution but it was closed the next year. (Til- 
den's Medfield 167, 170). Dr. Wight resided in West Medway, where his children were born. 
His name appears in the list of qualified voters of Medway in 1804. (Jameson's Medway, 65). 
He died February 8, 1813; his widow died March 16, 1833— both in Medway. The children 
of Dr. Wight regarded him with great veneration, and he looked upon them with much 
affection. In writing to his daughters who had married and moved West, he finished his let- 
ters with a picture, perhaps a landscape, improvised for the occasion. He was a natural 
artist. Dr. Wight was a celebrated surgeon and was sent for, for many miles around. He 
instructed all his children to prescribe for any ordinary ailment, and to dress wounds. He 
himself prepared a salve of wonderful healing properties, but the method of its preparation 
he disclosed to his children alone, instructing them to hand the secret down, through their 
children — an injunction which has been implicitly obeyed. A grand daughter, Jemima 7 
Lathrop (948) relates this reminiscence: "His house was very large for that time, crowned 
with a belfry, and whenever those ten boys and girls wished a good time they would swing 
the bell and soon the house was alive with young people. The sons all played on the violin 
and some of the daughters also." 

CHILDREN. 

397.— 1. Molly Kittredge, born August 7, 1768. 

398.-2. John Kittredge, born June 14, 1772, died at Andover January 24, 1773. 

399.-3. Patty, born January 19, 1778. 

400. — 4. Catherine, born November 30, 1779. 

401. — 5. Jemima, born February 3, 1782. 

402.— 6. Betsey, born March 9, 1784. 

403 7. Sally, born December 1, 1785. 

404.— 8. Charlotte, born July 16, 1788. 

405. — 9. Aaron Willard, born August 13, 1790. 

406 10. Moses Haven, born October 18, 1792. 

407. — 11. Joanna, born January 22, 1794. 

408.— 12. John Kittredge, born February 21, 1798. 

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192. Silence 5 Wight (Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 11. 1743, 
married May 26, 1777, Rev. Daniel Adams (189, Note). He was born in Medway in January, 
1746-7, graduated at Harvard 1774, studied for the ministry and was ordained in Watertown, 
April 29, 1778, and died there of dysentery, September 16, 1778 (Francis* Watertown, 108 ; 
Bond's Watertown, 3). Silence married November 25, 1784, Captain John Baxter, of Med- 
field, born in 1746. " 'Squire Baxter" transacted law business, was selectman of Medfield 8 
years, town clerk 14 years, treasurer 13 years and representative to the legislature 6 years. 
He died March 5, 1832; Silence died in Medfield, April 15, 1817. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Horatio 6 Adams, born in Medway September 1, 1777, died December 25, 1845. He resided at East Medway. He 

married June 7, 1804, Elizabeth, born 1784, daughter of Abraham and Hepsibah (Prentiss) Harding of Med- 
field, who died December 8, 1869. Abraham was brother of Sarah Harding at 395. 

1. Charlotte? Adams, born July 31, 1805, married June 8, 1826, Orion? Wight (943). 

2. Eliza? Adams, born February 8, 1808, married in 1836. James Barrows of Maine. Two children. 

3. Elisha? Adams, born December 15, 1809, died unmarried in 1878. 

4. Silence? Adams, born March 12, 1812, married 1835, Obed? Hartshorn (393), of Medfield. 

5. Emily? Adams, born December 1814, died unmarried in 1872. 

6. Hepzibeth? Adams, born August 30, 1817, died unmarried in 1838. 

7. Horatio? Adams, (April 6, 1821 — 1886) , married November 1846, Mary Ford. Four children, one of whom 

is Elisba. E. 8 Adams of Medway. 

2. Daniel 6 Adams, born in Watertown, March 27,1779 (Wight's Manuscript Genealogy, 11), Harvard 1799, became 

a well read lawyer, although he did not often plead in the courts. He was a posthumous child and prenatal 
influences seem to have induced a disposition to melancholy. In 1812 — 1820 he was town representative. He 
married Harriet Read, born in Claremont, N. H., in 1794. In 1811 he bought a lot corner of Main and South 
Streets, Medfield — the property now owned by his daughter, Mrs. Fowle. Daniel died in Medfield, Septem- 
ber 2, 1852. (Tilden's Medfield, 287, where is his portrait). All his five children died unmarried except 

4. Mary Baxter? Adams, born in Medfield March 7, 1832, married November 26, 1860, William Bentley 
Fowle (October 17, 1795 — February 6, 1865) a distinguished teacher in Boston, and author of many 
school books. See Register XXIII, 109, for his life and a list of his books. 

3. Sarah 6 Baxter (October 20, 1785—1866) sole heir to the Baxter estate in Medfield, married, in 1807, Nathaniel 

Bosworth, a settler in Medfield, from Dighton. The date of his death is unknown. 

1. John Baxter? Bosworth (1808-1842), a musician in the United States service. 

2. Sarah? Bosworth (1810-1880), lived in Medfield unmarried. 

3. Marv? Bosworth (July 31, 1812— January 8, 1844) married April 15, 1841, Charles? Hamant (16). 

1. 'Mary Bosworths Hamant, born May 23, 1S43, married April 30, 1863, Willard Harwood of Boston. 
Three sons. 

4. Nathaniel? Bosworth, born 1815, a gunsmith, is said to have died in New York. 

Note. The Baxters : Lieutenant John Baxter of Braintree, was the father of Rev. Joseph Baxter (1676-May 
2, 1745), Harvard 1693, the second minister of Medfield. Rev. Joseph married Mary Fiske (August 25, 1673 — March 
29, 1711) daughter of Rev. Moses and Sarah (Symmes) Fiske of Braintree. (Vinton's Symmes Memorial, 29; Fiske's 
Fiske Family, 187). Rev. Joseph's son John (1708-1788), married, 1732, Rebecca Fisher and had a daughter Mary, 
born 1737, who married, 1763, Thomas Mason of Medfield, and had a daughter who married a Read. These 
Reads who lived in Claremont, N. H., were parents of Harriet Read, above. John and Rebecca had a son, 
Captain John Baxter, who married Silence 5 (Wight) Adams, above. — Sarah Symmes, wife of Rev. Moses Fiske, 
aforesaid, had a brother Timothy Symmes, born 1683, who had a son Timothy born 1714. This last Timothy was 
father of John Cleves Symmes, born 1742, whose daughter Anna, born 1775, married William Henry Harrison, 
president of the UnitedStates. William Henry and Anna had a son John Scott Harrison, born 1804, father of 
Benjamin Harrison, the present president of the United States. 

193. Moses 5 Wight (Jonathan 1 , Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 30, 1745, 
was in the service in the war of the Revolution and held the position of Sergeant. He seems 
to have been much interested in the events of the day. A score of citizens of Medfield, him- 
self included, did "indent and engage to enter our names for the Newes Papers printed at 
Boston and to go down for them weekly in our turns, and convey them to some convenient 
place in this town where we shall agree." This was September 15, 1777. On April 24, 1780, 
he married Sarah Tolman of Needham. He settled on his father's place in Medfield, but 
sold it to his brother Jonathan in 1807. He and his wife became members of the first parish 
church in 1802, but he was instrumental in the organization of the second or Orthodox Con- 
gregational Church, Februarv 6, 1828, and both he and his wife were constituent members 
thereof. He died in Medfiefd March 4, 1829, and his widow died aged 74, April 3, 1833. Their 
children were born in Medfield. (Tilden's Medfield, 170, 227.) 

CHILDREN. 

409.— 1. Elizabeth, born February 27, 1781, " died of a scald" in Medfield May 2, 1782. 

410.— 2. Elizabeth, born March 8, 1783. 

411.— 3. Charles, born December 30, 1784. 

412. — i. Henry, born March 24. 1787. 

413 — 5. Polly, born May 16, 1789. 

414 — 6. Moses, born September 27, 1791. 

415.— 7. Adeliza, born October 8, 1797. 

416 8. Sarah, born October 30, 1799, died in Medfield, December 11, 1799. 

Note. These birth dates are taken from Henry Wight's Manuscript Genealogy, 12. Medfield records make 
Henry and Polly twins, and born March 31, 1787. By the same records Sarah was born October 5, 1799. I have 
received many variations of the above dates, but as Henry Wight's records are contemporaneous I have consid- 
ered them reliable. 

194. Thankful 5 Wight (Jonathan*, Jonathan 8 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ], born December 8, 1747, 
married September 23, 1799, James Perrigo of Wrentham. She died childless January 10, 
1824. James died aged 7o, December 20, 1808, after a distressing and protracted illness in 
Wrentham. 



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195. Simeon 5 Wight {Jonathan 4 ", Jonathan*, Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 20, 1750, 
studied at Harvard University and settled in West Woodstock, Conn., in the practice of 
his profession as a physician. He married Margaret Smith of Bellingham, March 17, 1772. 
His descendant Kate 8 Leland (1883), writes: " My great grandfather Simeon was a surgeon 
in the war of the Revolution and was at the battle of Bunker Hill. I have a very handsome 
gold pin which belonged to some British officer which was given to Dr. Wight and which his 
widow gave to my father." He seems afterward to have entered the naval service and was 
killed in an engagement with a British vessel. Henry Wight's Manuscript Genealogy, 10, says, 
"Doctor Simeon Wight of Woodstock died August 4, 1777, aged 27 years, at Chatham near 
Cape Cod." He had perhaps been mortally wounded in an engagement and had died on 
shore. His widow married Eleazar Fisher who lived in the upper part of West Woodstock 
village. 

CHILDKEN. 

417. — 1. Nancy, born in Bellingham, June 28, 1772. 

418 2. Simeon, born in West Woodstock, February 24, 1774. 

419.— 3. Peletiah, born in West Woodstock, January 14, 1776. 

Note. The date of birth of Simeons (418) is given as above in Henry Wight's Manuscript Genealogy, 10; it is 
given February 4, 1774, by a granddaughter of this Simeon^, who copied it from her grandfather's Bible; it is 
given September 24, 1774, in Woodstock records. Among authorities so respectable I have preferred the record 
of Henry Wight. 

196. Henry 5 Wight {Jonathan^, Jonathan*, Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 26, 1752, 
entered Harvard College but intermitted his studies one year to serve in the army, and 
during 1781-2 to teach in the North School, Medfield. (Tilden's Medfield, 515). He gradu- 
ated at Harvard in 1782 and began to study for the ministry. He was ordained over the Con- 
gregational Church and Society of Bristol, R. I., January 5, 1785, in connection with the dedi- 
cation of a new house of worship. The ordination sermon was preached by Rev. Thomas 
Prentiss, D. D., of Medfield (Tilden's Medfield, 468). It was published in Providence 1785, 
entitled " A sermon preached at the ordination of Rev. Henry Wight to the pastoral care of 
the Catholic Congregational Society in Bristol, R. I., January 5, 1785." (Sprague's Annals, I, 
679). During the same year he preached a sermon in Medfield in the presence of his grand- 
mother Margaret Wight (3(J) upon her one-hundredth birthday, having ridden all night to 
reach there in time, On June 21, 1789, in Little Compton, R. I., he married Alice Burring- 
ton, of Tiverton, R. I., born in 1762. She died in Bristol April 17, 1797. Henry married 
second March 6, 1799, Clarissa Leonard, born November 9, 1771, of Raynham, Mass., the 
ceremony being performed by her relative Rev. Perez Fobes, D. D. Mr. Wight was from 
1793 until 1833 one of the fellows of Brown University, and in 1811 that college bestowed upon 
him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity. He continued sole pastor of the Bristol 
church until 1815, when he was furnished with a colleague. This same year he preached 
the sermon at the ordination of his son John Burt 6 Wight (420), in Wayland, Mass., passing 
through Sturbridge on the way to visit in the family of his brother David 5 Wight (184). On 
November 11, 1828, at his own request his connection with the church which had continued 
nearly 44 years was dissolved. During his ministry 238 persons were* received into the 
church (McClintock & Strong's Cyclopxdia, Supplement II, 919). Dr. Wight continued to 
reside in Bristol, occasionally officiating in the services of the sanctuary until his death which 
occurred in Bristol August 12, 1837. More than 52 years of his life were spent in the work 
of the ministry. "The labors of Dr. Wight were blessed in this town. He was a man of 
amiable disposition and devoted piety. He retained the affections and the confidence of 
the people until his death and his grave was bedewed with the tears of many who were 
brought into the Kingdom of the Redeemer under his ministrations." {American Quarterly 
Reg., XII, 265). To this day " Parson Wight " is mentioned with admiration and fervency 
by the people of that quaint old city where the years of his long life were passed. Dr. Wight 
is buried in the Bristol cemetery and on his headstone are recorded " With long life was he 
satisfied, and his end was peace," " Remember the words that I spake unto you while I was 
yet with you." 

" Dr. Wight followed the good old custom of the Fathers of New England in keeping a 
daily record of events as they transpired that w r ere of noticeable character. No occurrence 
of moment that has transpired about him to his knowledge for the last 70 years, it is believed, 
which may not be found faithfully recorded in his Diary. He loved and preached the doc- 
trines of the Bible. Their practical influence on his own heart and life were remarkable. 
He was a man of meek and quiet temper, of truly catholic spirit. During his last years no 
book was so frequently seen on his table as the Bible. When deprived of meeting with the 
people of God on the Sabbath his custom was to read the Word, sing and pray in his private 
room. There his soul ripened for the purer worship of the sanctuary above in which he 
now participates." (Boston Recorder, XXII). " He kept a daily record for 70 years. He 
died in peace, leaving a widow and seven children." (Allen's Amer. Biog. Diet., 856). His 
manuscript volume "The Genealogy of Henry Wight. A Book of Records Concerning my 
Coevals and Primevals" begun May 22, 1777, and which now lies upon my desk, has enabled 
me to verify and correct many dates in the lives of his immediate relatives. 

Dr. Wight was a good representative of the best type of New England character, physi- 
cally, mentally and morally. He possessed a fine face, good features, clear complexion and 
handsome dark eyes. His figure was erect, his bearing noble and dignified, his manners 



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kindly and courteous, and in habits of work he was industrious and methodical. He was a 
good Greek and Latin scholar, a fine mathematician, an excellent singer, a constant reader. 
Even in old age he read much aloud to his family, and sometimes watched the old year out 
by reading from the Bible and uttering a prayer. As a pastor Dr. Wight realized the ideal 
of the " good Shepherd." He visited much among his people, and having acquired some 
knowledge of medicine often ministered to their bodies while counseling their souls. To 
the parsonage the poor often went for medicine and food, the ignorant for knowledge and 
the afflicted for comfort. Not only in his own parish but in those of other churches he was 
revered and beloved. 

The above reference to Dr. Wight's taste for medicine leads to the following extract 
from Browne's Trees of America, 157, published in 1856: "On the authority of Governor 
Charles Collins, of Newport, this species \_Ailantus glandulosa] was brought from South America 
in about the year 1804, and was presented to General Andrew McCorrie of Portsmouth in 
Rhode Island. . . . In about the year 1810 Rev. Henry Wight procured a young shoot and 
planted near his house which has grown to a magnificent tree fifty-five feet in height with a 
trunk seven feet in circumference at a yard above the ground, and an ambitus or spread of 
branches of fifty feet." 

Clarissa Wight inherited from her mother, Abigail Alden Leonard (see Note 2), a strong 
intellectual bias. It is said that upon her marriage to Zephaniah Leonard, Abigail promised 
her father that she would always devote one hour daily to reading — a promise which she- 
kept through a busy life. The healthy results of this well kept promise are still observable 
among Abigail's many great-grandchildren. Clarissa took great interest in the affairs of the 
colonies during the revolutionary period and felt and manifested the tenderest sympathy 
for the soldiers returning sick and worn after the war was over. Through the years of her 
husband's pastorate she fulfilled the exacting duties of a minister's wife with the most untir- 
ing fidelity and zeal. Thousands who have been guests in her pleasant home will remember 
her genial manners and cordial welcome. She was of great intelligence and fine culture and 
took great delight in reading her Bible and in repeating passages from the old poets. She 
retained her mental powers to the last and took an intelligent interest in all that was passing 
about her. On the anniversary of her 70th birthday she sailed from New York to live with 
her children in Georgia, and for the last 23 years of her life she dwelt with her youngest 
daughter. She died at her said daughter's home at Chestnut Hill, Lavvrenceville, Gwinnette 
County, Georgia, in her 93d year, September 15, 1864. Dr. Wight's children were all born in 
Bristol. 

CHILDREN. 

420. — 1. John Burt, born May 7, 1790, named for Dr. Wight's predecessor in Bristol, Rerjister 

XXXVII, 14, 
431 — 2. Henry, born November 5, 1791. 

422.-3. Adeliza, born April 8, 1794, died in Bristol, September 13, 1794. 
423. — 4. Alice Burrington, born February 10, 1800. 
424 — 5. Abigail Alden, born October 21, 1802. 

435.-6. Charlotte DeWolf, born February 1, 1805, died in Bristol, July 24, 1809. 
426.-7. Martha Gibbs, born July 25, 1807. 
427 — 8. Clara Leonard, born Jiilv 31, 1812. 

438.-9. William Osborne, born August 13, 1814, died in Bristol, April 3, 1815. 
429 — 10. Fanny Leonard, born September 17, 1816. 

Note 1. The following inscription upon the tomb of Dr. Wight's first wife is No. 671 in Alden's Epitaphs, 
HV. 65): 

Kind stranger, stop, let reason be the clue 
To moralize, while this cold stone you view. 
Here death in icy arms confines that fair . 
Who once was lovely as the angels are. 
But think not, stranger, ever to behold 
A Christian's worth on sculptured marble told ; 
Ah, nor suffice it, if one mournful tear 
Shall mix with mine in tender sorrow here. 
Be silent, grief, my faith in Christ replies ; 
Behold, I see the sleeping dust arise ! 
That happy day shall banish all my pain ; 
Then shall we joyful meet, nor part again. 

Note 2. The Leonards : The Leonards of Taunton and Raynham are descended from the extinct Lords 
Dacre, but there seems some confusion of Christian names, which prevents an exact statement of the line of 
descent. "Henry Leonard, eldest son of Richard Leonard, Lord Dacre, came to America in 1626. Not returning 
before his father's death, the title descended to bis brother Francis. Thomas, son of Francis, who succeeded to 
the title, was afterward created earl of Surrey. He died in 1715 in Kent." (Jarvis' Jarvis Family, 59). See also 
Clark's Norton, 85. The line to Clarissa Leonard as traced in Register V., 403, el seq., is as follows : James Leonard, 
son of Thomas Leonard who remained in England, died before 1691. He was of Taunton and Raynham. (Vin- 
ton's Giles Memorial, 279). James' son James, who died November 1, 1726, married October 29. 1675, Lydia Gulli- 
ver, who died July 24, 1705. James and Lydia had a son Stephen, born December 14. 1680, father of Zephaniah 
Leonard. This las't married April- 24, 1724, Hannah King, and she and her husband both died April 23, 1766. 
Their son Zephaniah Leonard (January 18, 1736— April 11, 1S14), Yale 1758, married October 30, 1765, Abigail 
Alden (lOOO, Note). See Sanford's Raynham, 31, 47 ; Sanford's Abigail Alden Leonard. Zephaniah and Abigail had 
a daughter Clarissa, wife of Dr. Henry Wight. 

Note 3. In 1746 the town of Bristol and several other towns on the east shore of Narragansett, were taken 
from Massachusetts, by the settling of the provincial line, and annexed to Rhode Island. The same year Bristol 
received an act of incorporation. (Am. Quart. Reg. XII, 265). The Catholic Congregational church, the first in 



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Bristol, was organized May 8, 1G87, and was incorporated in 17S4, as the Catholic Congregational Society. Its roll 
of ministers to Dr. Wight is as follows : 

NAME. COLLEGE. SETTLEMENT IN BRISTOL. REMARKS. 

Samuel Lee Oxford May 8, 1687 Resigned 1694. 

John Sparhawk Harvard 1689 June 12, 1695 Died April 29, 1718. 

Nathaniel Cotton. ..Harvard 1717 August 30, 1721 Died July 3, 1729. 

Barnabas Taylor Harvard 1721 December 24, 1729 Resigned June 3, 1740. 

John Burt Harvard 1736 May 13, 1741 Died October 7, 1775, aged 59. 

Henry Wight Harvard 1782 January 4, 1785 Resigned November 11, 1828. 

{American Quarterly Register XII, 261, 265). 

Note U. The diary kept by Dr. Wight was famous in Bristol, and disputes about the final settlement of estates 
and about other important events were often arranged by reference to its pages. I make two extracts therefrom 
furnished me by Mary Hewson 7 Rowland (427) of Chicago. Under the date May 19, 1780, is a description of the 
famous " dark day ": '• Some rain, smoky, and a very dense fog or vapor, which caused an uncommon phenome- 
non. As the sun advanced to his meridian altitude, ye darkness increased till about 12% o'clock, when it was 
not as bright as good moonlight. We were obliged to eat by candle-light, after which ye darkness dispelled by 
degrees 'till sunset, and in ye eve ye darkness came on again, which added to ye night was truly like Egyptian 
darkness. All nature seemed to be covered by a silent gloom, and was amazed at ye phenomenon." For a similar 
description of this same day, see Bailey's Andover, 387. — The following under date March 23, 1782. is commended 
without comment to Wight collegians : "Drank tea with C. M. Gray. We disputed whether it is of advantage 
for a student at college to be civilly conversant with the fair sex or not. We supposed it was." 

197. Job 3 Wight (Jonathan 4 ', Jonathan 3 , Samuel' 2 , Thomas 1 ), bora March 9, 1755, was a 
drummer in the company that marched from Medfield April 19, 1775, at the Lexington 
alarm. The company was in service twelve days. (Tilden's Medfield, 165). Job graduated 
at Harvard 1784, studied divinity and was for many years a Congregational missionary in 
Western New York, but never settled in the ministry. He died a bachelor at Saratoga, 
December 9, 1809. His qualifications as a preacher were not of high order. His eccentricities 
greatly impaired his usefulness and rendered almost valueless his respectable talents and 
learning. (Wight's Wight family , 31). 

198. John 5 Wight (John*, Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 29, 1736, married 
in Dedham, March 24, 1762, Elizabeth, born September 29, 1739, daughter of Josiah Eeed of 
Sherborn. After the birth of his three eldest children in Medfield John moved into New 
Hampshire, settling on Lot 17, Range 8, in Dublin, where in 1771 he was taxed at £1.9.6. 
(Leonard's Dublin, 142). In 1772 he and his wife received their dismissal from the home 
church to the Dublin church. In 1776 he signed a declaration by which the subscribers solemnly 
promised and engaged at the risk of their lives and fortunes, with arms to oppose the pro- 
ceedings of the British fleets and armies. (Leonard's Dublin, 19, 149). He was at Benning- 
ton battle in 1777 as nurse and subsequently saw a year's active service, although in no battle. 
(Leonard's Dublin, 150.) In 1785 he and his wife and daughter Elizabeth helped to organize 
the first Baptist church in Dublin. (Leonard's Dublin, 190, 191.) John died May 14, 1814, 
and his widow died in Medway, March 19, 1815 (Medway Record.s). Their six youngest chil- 
dren were born in Dublin. 

CHILDREN. 

430 1. Elizabeth, born March 27, 1763. 

431. — 2. Jabez, born December 21, 1764. 

438.-3. Miriam, born October 14, 1766. 

433 4. Jonas, born October 27, 1768, died unmarried in Dublin, August 10, 1844. 

434. — 5. John, born October 14, 1770, died young in Dublin. 

435 6. Susannah, born February 13, 1772, died in Dublin unmarried April 8, 1854. 

436.-7. Abigail, born September 4, 1774, died young in Dublin. 

437.-8. Mary, bbrn February 19, 1778. 

438.-9. Josiah, born September 10, 1784. 

202. Asa 5 Wight (John*, Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 30, 1742, mar- 
ried December 12, 1771, Hannah, born January 13, 1745, daughter of Isaac and Kezia (Smith) 
Boyden of Medfield, and great-granddaughter of Samuel Smith, born in Dedham, October 13, 
1641 (46, Note 2). Hannah died December 25, 1791, in Medfield. On June 13, 1793, Asa married 
Miriam Partridge (22), born March 15, 1768. Asa succeeded to the possession of his father's 
estate including the saw mill in Medfield. Asa died 1808, his widow died October 28, 1816. 
Asa served for a time in the Revolutionary army. 

CHILDREN. 

439.— 1. Hannah, born February 19, 1794. 

440. — 2. Mary, born April 25, 1796, nothing known. 

441 — 3. Asa, born 1799, died in Medfield April 6, 1800. 

443.-4. Miriam, born . 1800, died in Medfield, April 16, 1819. 

443.-5. Asa, born August 10, 1804, died in Medfield, November 10, 1804. 

204. Mary 5 Wight (John 1 , Jonathan 3 , Samuel 1 , Thomas 1 ), born November 12, 1752, mar- 
ried October 30, 1772, Seth 5 Wight (218) of Medfield. 

205. Samuel 5 Wight (Samuel 1 , Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born June 21, 1748, was 
one of the privates in Captain Lovell's " Independent Company Draughted from the Fourth 
Regiment of Melitia from ye state of the Massachusetts Bay," which went to Warwick, R. I., 
in 1776, from Medway. (Jameson's Medway, 218.) Further I know nothing. 



64 The Wights. 



206. Tamar 5 Wight (Samuel*, Jonathan 3 , Samuel-, Thomas 1 ), born May 17, 1750, married 
in Wrentham June 27, 1771, Eli Ware (153, Note 1). They lived on the homestead of his 
father in West Franklin, Eli having bought out the other heirs. Eli joined the Franklin 
church in 1781 and his wife in 1797. Eli was very pious and orthodox, and wore knee 
buckles and a three cornered hat. Tamar died in Franklin March 1, 1821, and Eli died there 
November 1, 1835. Children born in Franklin. (Register, XLI, 39). 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Margaret 6 Ware (April 22, 1772— May 19, 1837), married Otis Pond (752, Note) born December 26, 1771, of Wrent- 

ham. He died 1805, having become intemperate and idle. 

1. Cynthia 7 Pond, born Franklin September 22, 1803, married December 23, 1819 James G. Green of Bel- 
lingham. They had three children, and after his death she married William Watson of Providence 
R. I. (Harris' Pond Family, 103). 

2. Hephzibah 6 Ware (September 16, 1775 — March 6, 1796) unmarried. 

3. David Ware (November 14, 1777— May 26, 1842) married February 12, 1806, Betsey Adams (February 25, 1788— 

November 2, 1869) of Bellingham. Twelve children. 

4. Moses" Ware, born January 2, 1780, moved to Vermont. He left descendants. 

5. Sarah 6 Ware, born September 26, 1784, married Obadiah Adams and had four children. They lived in Canton, 

Mass. She died in Milford. 

6. Phineas« Ware, April 18, 1796— April 20, 1796. 

207. Ahaz 5 Wight (Samuel 1 , Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 30, 1765, lived 
a bachelor and is well remembered by Preston Fletcher 7 Wight (882), in whose family he 
visited. His date of death is unknown. 

210. Oliver 5 Wight (William 1 , Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 5, 1753, 
married May 24, 1781 Rachael 7 Clark (20). They lived in Medway at one time and perhaps 
near Worcester. I have found nothing further of their history. 

CHILDREN. 

444 — 1. Oliver, born in Medfield, June 6, 1782. 

445. — 2. Shubael, born in Medway, September 23, 1785. 

4±6 — 3. Clarissa, born , died aged 18. 

211. Abner 5 Wight (William 1 , Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born August 26, 1756, 
appears to have lived at some time in Bellingham, and is said to have been in the service as 
a privateer during the war of the Revolution. He married September 16, 1776, Jemima Lee, 
of Wrentham, who died early and childless. He removed to Lenox, Berkshire County, 
Mass., where he married Huldah Perrin, born April 29, 1760. Their six eldest children are 
believed to have been born in Lenox, although there are no records of Wights in the town 
clerk's office in Lenox. Abner removed from Lenox to Monroe County, N. Y., in 1790, and 
settled as a farmer in Perrington. His sons Asa and James were born here, Asa being the 
first white child born in the town who grew to maturity. Abner died in October, 1844; his 
wife died June 30, 1849 — Doth in Perrinton. Huldah was one of the constituent members of 
the First Congregational church in Perrinton in 1824. (Mcintosh's Monroe County, 226). 

CHILDREN. 

447. — 1. Jabez, born September 14, 1781, died unmarried May 1, 1805, it is said in Lenox. 

448. — 2. Lemuel, born September 7, 1783. 

449 — 3. Mary, born November 26, 1785. 

450.— 4. Susan, born May 27, 1788. 

451.— 5. William Walker, born August 4, 1790. 

458 — 6. Elizabeth, born October 10, 1792, " in Massachusetts." 

453 — 7. Asa, born April 4, 1798. 

454 8. James, born May 27, 1801. died unmarried February 20, 1827, ou the farm where he was 

born. 

Note. The Perrins: John Perrin (1614— September 13, 1674) of Braintree, aud Rehoboth, Mass., had by wife 
Ann, a son John, who lived in Roxbury. This last, by wife Mary, had a John (October 12, 1668— May 6, 1694) of 
Rehoboth, who by wife Sarah, had a single child John Perrin (March 8, 1692— February 28, 1731) of Rehoboth. 
He married 1716, Rachael Ide. John and Raehael had Jesse (January 24, 1726— January 15, 1801), who May 11, 
1749, married another Rachael Ide. He was for 25 years town clerk of Rehoboth. Jesse and Rachael had a son 
Jesse (March 18, 1756— March 8. 1838), who August 9, 1779, married Abigail Hollister. Jesse, born 1756, and his 
younger brother, Glover Perrin, were the pioneer settlers of Perrinton, Monroe county, N. Y. Jesse's danghter 
Mary (July 12, 1786— June 7, 1858), married June 7, 1805, David S. Jackway, and lived in Palmyra, N. Y. (Perrin's 
Perrin Family, 74). David and Mary had a daughter Elvira Curtis Jackway, born in Palmyra March 2, 1829, wife 
of Lyman 8 Wight (1783).— Huldah Perrin, a younger child of Jesse and Rachael, married Abner 5 Wight, above. 
— John, son of the emigrant, had by his wife Mary, another son Samuel Perrin (March 10, 1671 — March 10, 1743), 
who lived in Woodstock, Conn. Samuel had a son Abraham (March 21, 1700— May 19, 1753), the father of Captain 
David Perrin. Captain David (August 24, 1724— October 10, 1788), of Woodstock, had a son Jethniel, husband of 
Mrs. Prudence Wight (419). 

213. Jabez 5 Wight ( William 1 , Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 27, 1761, went, I 
am told, to Vermont and died there. 

214. Joel 5 Wight (Seth 1 , Ephraim 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 27, 1741, mar- 
ried May 30, 1768, Elizabeth Twitchell, born July 27, 1743, of Sherborn. The year of his mar- 
riage Joel removed from Medfield to Dublin, N. H., following by about a year his cousin, 
John 5 Wight (1J>8). Joel's children were born in Dublin. Joel was one of the 23 voters of 
Dublin in 1770. (Leonard's Dublin 141). On January 1, 1776, he enlisted at Cambridge, Mass. 
with Captain Wadkins in Col. Phinney's regiment, to serve for one year. No other service 



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is mentioned by him in April, 1818, in his application for a pension. His wife was among the 
members of the Church of Christ, Congregational, Dublin, in 1777 (Leonard's Dublin, 164) and 
is said to have been "a very pious good woman." She died in Dublin, April 19, 1800. On 
May 28, 1801, Joel married Mary, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Kenney) Mower, of Jaffray, 
N. H. (Cutter's Jaffray, 401), of whom her step-son, Seth Wight (461) said she was a kind and 
faithful wife, and a good step-mother. In April, 1818, Joel, still living in Dublin, stated 
that he was totally blind. The next year he and his wife Mary (who in 1819 was 68 years of 
age) removed to Gilead, Me., to the house of his son Seth, where he died February 19, 1824. 
He was a shoemaker by trade. For the remarriage of his widow see Daniel 3 Wight (142). 

CHILDREN. 

455.— 1. Hannah, born March 11, 1769. 

456.-2. Ephraim, born May 20, 1771. 

457.-3. Eli, born May 19, 1773, died the same or next day. 

458. — 4. Anna, born August 23, 1775, died next day. 

459 5. Olive, born April 30, 1777. 

460 6. Elizabeth, born December 27, 1780. 

46 1 7. Seth , born May 21 , 1783. 

463 8. Eli, born March 23, 1786. 

Note. The Twitchells: Joseph Twitchell or Turchell, a freeman May 14, 1634, was in Dorchester 1653. His 
son Joseph settled in Sherborn and died October 24, 1710. Joseph, son of this last, married Elizabeth Holbrook, 
for whose second marriage see 1084, Note. Joseph and Elizabeth had a son Esquire Joseph Twitchell of Sher- 
born, born February 13, 1718-9, who married June 28, 1739, Deborah, daughter of Joseph Fairbanks of Sherborn, 
and had fourteen children. The second child Joseph, born November 27, 1741, married November 13, 1766, Mary 
Holbrook, and settled in Dublin. Joseph and Mary had a son Reuben, born May 17, 1786, who married Sally, 
daughter of Col. Abel Wilder. Reuben and Sally had a son Return Wilder Twitchell, born September 17, 1810, hus- 
band ol Hannah Prentice 8 Wight (1908).— The third child of Esquire Joseph Twitchell was Elizabeth, wife of 
Joel 5 Wight, above. Morse's Sherborn and HolUston, 249, 251, should be corrected. 



215. Olive 5 Wight {Seth 4 -, Ephraim 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born August 21, 1743, married 
May 15, 1766, Samuel Cheney, born January 22, 1730, of Medfjeld, son of Josiah Cheney, son 
of Joseph Cheney, son of William Cheney of Eoxbury (4, Note). Samuel and Olive settled in 
Dover, Mass. 



216. Nahum 5 Wight (Seth 1 , Ephraim 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 15, 1745, inherited 
the estate of his bachelor uncle Caleb 4 Wight (98) on Farm street, Medfield. He is said to 
have been a soldier and an officer in the Revolutionary war, but I do not find him credited 
to Medfield. He married , 1771, Hannah Hill, who died the following year leaving a 

daughter Hannah, of whom I know only that being sick she was received to communion in 
the Medfield church in 1789. Nahum married January 3, 1778, Abigail Bullard, born Sep- 
tember 11, 1760, of Sherborn. Nahum was selectman in 1786 and 1795. He removed to West- 
ford, Mass., in 1799. He died September 18, 1834, and his widow died October 19, 1850. The 
children were born in Medfield. 

CHILDREN. 

463.— 1. Hannah, born at Sherborn July 27, 1772, nothing more known. 

464.-2. Sally, born April 4, 1781. 

465.-3. Walter, born November 8, 1782, died in Medfield May 27, 1785. 

466 — 4. Caleb, born October 8, 1786. 

467 5. Hannah, born June 25, 1798. 

Note 1. A specimen of Nahum' s handwriting : 



t/Y&u 



yyt^ 




Note 2. Benjamin Bullard of Watertown had a son Benjamin, who married Martha Fairbanks and died 
September 27, 1689. These last had a son Captain Samuel (December 26, 1667— December 11, 1727), who married 
Deborah Atherton. Their son, Lieutenant Benjamin (February 16, 1696-7—1762), married December 20, 1721, 
Miriam Morse (June 30, 1700— December 9, 1774) and had a son Col. Samuel Bullard (August 2, 1729— March 5, 
1807), father of Abigail, above. 



218. Seth 5 Wight {Seth 41 , Ephraim 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 20, 1753, married 
October 30, 1772, Mary 5 Wight(204). They removed in 1773 from Medfield to Dover where 
all the children except Aaron were born. Seth died in Dover July 14, 1799; his widow died 
February 22, 1834. 



66 The Wights. 



CHILDREN. 

468 1. Aaron, born in Medfield March 3, 1773. 

469 2. Caleb, born August 22, 1775. 

470.— 3. Oliver, born August 1, 1777. 

471. — 4. Mary, born June 19, 1780, died unmarried in Dover December 11, 1873. 

472.-5. Nabby, born December 22, 1783. 

473.-6. Clarissa, born November 8, 1785. 

474 7. Asa, born February 25, 1788. 

475.-8. Cynthia, (Sintha, in Dover records), born June 7, 1790. 

476 9. Arnold, born May 19, 1793. 

477.— 10. Charlotte, born July 16, 1795. 

Note. Seth's handwriting: 



(/&ri z^i&Arfr 



221. Jacob 5 Wight (Eliphalet i , Nathaniel*, Ephraim", Thomas 1 ), born November 8, 1748, 
bought land in Killingly from his aunts Sarah and Deborah in 1769 (see 106). In April, 1818, 
in an application for a pension for his revolutionary services Jacob Wight, then of Monson, 
Hampden Co., Mass., aged then 68 years, stated that in April or May, 1781, he enlisted at 
Thompson, Windham Co., Conn., with Capt. Eogers in Col. Webb's regiment for three years 
and was discharged in November, 1783. In the " Casualty Book " of Connecticut soldiers, a 
Jacob White is reported as having enlisted for 8 months May 18, 1778, in Capt. Webb's Com- 
pany Col. Durkee's regiment and discharged January 1, 1779. In same book is reported Jacob 
Wight (written Wright and the r erased), who enlisted Dec. 13, 1780. Against his name is 
noted in red ink, " made up in Col. Webb's regiment 1781." In Col. Webb's regiment he is 
reported as enlisting January 1, 1781. 

I find no children of this Jacob. The following extracts from Monson Kecords may 
refer to his descendants: 

Mr. Delino Wight and Miss Mercy Beebe, both of Monson, married January 10, 1802. 
Edward Gilbert, son of Jacob and Sally Wite, was born at Monson, June 24, 1818. 

224. Olive 5 Wight {Levi*, Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 9, 1748, married 
November 16, 1769, Aaron Wakefield, born 1744, a farmer at Oxford South Gore, now Web- 
ster, Mass. I have not received the dates of Aaron's or Olive's death. Some of their 
descendants are among the Union soldiers named at 225. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Timothyo Wakefield, born at Oxford South Gore, July 26, 1770, died in Sutton, Mass., January 31, 1849, a farmer ; 
married January 18, 1792, Priscilla Joy of Gloucester, R. I., who died in Sutton, December 9, 1858. Twelve 
children, including : 

1. Aaron? Wakefield, born August 14, 1792. died in Grafton, Mass., September 21, 1872; married Wealthy 

and Docia Buckman. Of the first marriage were six children, including : 

1. Parlemon 8 Wakefield, who married Sabrina Cummings. 

2. Amasa 8 Wakefield, who married Abigail Lackey of Sutton, Mass., and died in Troy, N. Y. 

4. Wealthy 8 Wakefield, wife of OrrinDadmun. 

5. Sylvia 8 Wakefield, wife of Sullivan Dadmun. Two children. 

2. Ezra? Wakefield, born January 23, 1794, a farmer, who died in Thompson, Conn. He married Polly 

Brown, who died March 18, 1868, at N. Grosvendale, Conn. 

1. Augustus 8 Wakefield, born July 12, 1816, married Adeline Chamberlain of Woodstock, Conn. 

They had a son Edwin Earle 9 Wakefield of Northampton, Mass. 

2. Adeline 8 Wakefield, married William Carpenter and has a son Jerome Carpenter. 

3. George 8 Wakefield, born in Thompson July 6, 1824, married Abigail Brown of Bridgeport, who 

died childless November 13, 1878. He died January 29, 1852. 

3. Wyman 7 Wakefield, born March 14, 1796, died in Smithfield, R. I., November 23, 1865, a farmer. He 

married 1822, Alpha Arnold, and had a son Gen. Arnold 8 Wakefield of Woonsocket, R. I. 

4. Hale? Wakefield, born March 17, 1798, married March 21, 1822, Deborah Talbot of Thompson, Conn., 

born April 22, 1804, in Thompson. He had five children including George Augustus 8 Wakefield, 
born May 2, 1824 ; Nancv Maria 8 Wakefield, born May 25, 1828, wife of Cyrus C. Partridge ; and Jane 
Elizabeth 8 Wakefield, born January 31, 1830, wife of Melvin W. Curtis. 

5. Jason 7 Wakefield, born March 4, 1800, a farmer, died in Thompson May 2, 1863; married Ann Perry, who 

died in Webster April 16, 1881 ; three children, including Mary Eliza 8 Wakefield, born September 
30, 1832, in Southbridge, Mass., who married August 7, 1867,James De Forrest, a painter in Thompson. 

7. Hiram? Wakefield, born February 15, 1804, a farmer, died in Thompson April 26, 1878 ; married Hen- 

rietta Richardson. Children: William 8 , who married Sarah Young of Charlton, Mass.; Clovis 8 ; and 
John 8 who married Julia Darling. 

8. Orrin 7 Wakefield born July 18, 1805, died inPetersburg, Va., September 11, 1846 ; married November 23, 

1827, Elmira Esten, who died July 13, 1843 ; he married September 28, 1843, Elizabeth A. Lufcy. 
Nine children, one of whom, Charles Henry 8 , born January 7, 1831, married March 6, 1860, Sophia 
Truesdale of E. Killingly, Conn., and resides in Worcester, Mass. Mrs. Charles H. Wakefield has 
been an interested assistant in this Wakefield genealogy. 

9. Willard 7 Wakefield, born August 16, 1809, married Mary Jane Black of Barre, Mass. Four children, of 

whom Eleanor 8 married Rinaldo R. Wheelock ; George 8 married Sally Godwin of Norfolk, Va.; and 

Virginia 8 married Hiram Clark. 
lO.Timothy 7 Wakefield, born January 13, 1811, married Mandana Willington of Sturbridge, Mass., who 

died childless. 
11. Welcome 7 Wakefield, horn March 3, 1818, died in Richmond, Va.; he married Pamelia McLaren of 

Chesterfield Co., Va., and had four children. 
12.Elmira 7 Wakefield (April 14, 1815— October 19, 1863) married Anson Burlingham. Four children, 

including Mary 8 Burlingham, wife of Washington Spencer ; and George 8 Burlingham who married 

Emma Talbot of Thompson, Conn. 



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2. Susanna" Wakefield, born 1770, married Simon Wood, farmer. Both died at Berlin, N. Y., having had two 

daughters who never married. 
8. Barzelial 6 Wakefield, born at Oxford South Gore, 1771, a farmer. Family statistics uncertain ; he married 

either Polly Ide or Molly Knowland. 

4. Lydia Wakefield, born 1775, died in Berlin, N. Y., July 22, 1834; married April 16, 1793, Samuel Streeter of 

Douglass, Mass. He was a farmer and died in Berlin, aged 68, April 12, 1842. Fourteen children, including : 

1. Barzelial 7 Streeter (September 22, 1794— April 13, 1876) married May 20, 1814, Olive Weaver (March 21, 

1797— July 21, 1842). Ten children. 

2. Willard 7 Streeter (January 1, 1796— July 26, 1841), married September 21, 1817, Sallie Ann Rhodes. 

Seven children. 
S. Elcy 7 Streeter (February 5, 1797— October 17, 1868) married March 17, 1816, Fenner Spink. Seven chil- 
dren. 

4. Roswell 7 Streeter (May 28, 1798— April 11, 1850) married May 20, 1821, Eleanor Kenyon. Eight chil- 

dren; the eldest, Alson J. 8 Streeter, born January 18, 1823, was the presidential candidate of the Labor 
party in 1888. 

5. Prudence 7 Streeter (February 15, 1800— February 10, 1879) married March 8, 1818, Ebenezer Rhodes, Jr. 

Ten children. 

6. Ilury 7 Streeter (August 21, 1801— March 25, 1883) married January 24, 1822, Luke S. Kenyon. Four 

children. 

8. Lydia 7 Streeter (October 22, 1805— April 18, 1854) married June 28, 1828, Hamilton Corey. Four chil- 

dren. 

9. George W. 7 Streeter, born December 16, 1808, married February 18, 1828, Hannah S. Oakley, who died 

December 22, 1853, having had nine children. He married second Matilda Fuller who had one child. 
lO.Allen C. 7 Streeter (May 29, 1810— December 13, 1867) married February 23, 1833, Philena Richer, Who 

died March 12, 1834, having had one child. He married April 8. 1835, Mrs. Pamelia H. McLauthlin, 

who bore him five children. 
12.Jane Ann 7 Streeter. born May 13, 1814, married May 11, 1833, Job C. Sweet. Eight children. 
14. Barber 7 Streeter, born July 24, 1817, married January 31, 1844, Jerusha Brockway. Two children. 

5. Ruth 8 Wakefield, born 1777, died in Webster, March 1820, married May 26, 1808, Zina Grover of Mansfield, 

Mass., a basket-maker and farmer, who died in Webster in 1855. 

1. Zina 7 Grover, born in Mansfield July 20, 1810, married 1831, Lydia Sprague of Northbridge, Mass., who 

died having had three children. Zina married 1850, Hannah Young of Charlton and had six chil- 
dren. Of Zina's children were Adeline Salima 8 , born September 20, 1832, wife of Albert Tower of 
Galesville, Wis., James Madison 8 , born July 10, 1834, who married Sarah Crossman; and Harriet 
Trifena 8 , born June 10, 1843, wife of Allen F. Brown of Worcester. 

2. Betsey 7 Grover (1813 — 1859), married James Barnaby and had four children. 

3. Hosea 7 Grover, born 1815, married December 20, 1839, Sarah Lyon of Woodstock, and later Sarah 

Rawson of Thompson. He resides at Oxford, having had three children. 

4. Lowell 7 Grover, born in Oxford South Gore, March 11, 1817, married 1843, Mercy B. Chase of Killingly. 

He resides at Danielsonville, having had three children. 

5. Elvida 7 Grover, born 1820, died in Chatham, Mass., May 1888, married 1844, John Payson, who died 1850. 

6. Benjamin Wakefield, born April 27, 1779, died in Webster October 5, 1872, married in Webster 1806, Hannah 

Gleason (235). He was a farmer, and a soldier in the war of 1812; he was selectman of Webster in 1832 and 1839, 
and held other minor offices at various times. He died in Webster aged 81, November 20, 1858. 

1. Daniel 7 Wakefield (December 31, 1806— April 8, 1885), a farmer in Webster, married October 14, 1832, 

Nancy, born December 31, 1812, daughter of Abraham Mason who fought at Bunker Hill. Daniel 
had five children, including Ellen 8 Wakefield, born June 5, 1841, wife of Ira 8 Wakefield, below. 

2. Harvey 7 Wakefield (February 19, 1808 — January 5, 1889), a farmer and minister ; married November 11, 

1830, Olive Cutler. Six children including Rev. Ira 8 Wakefield, presiding elder in Eastern Oregon. 
Rev. Harvey officiated at South Douglass, on Cape Cod and other points, but mostly at his native 
place East Webster. He was widely known and universally respected. 
8. Lyman 7 Wakefield (February 2, 1810— September 18, 1862), a farmer ; married October 26, 1839, Lydia 
Ann Allen, who died April 6, 1864. Two children, one Emily Ann 8 , born October 6, 1841, married 
Henry E. Fairfield of Douglass. 

4. George 7 Wakefield (January 18, 1812— March 7, 1860), a farmer ; married April 14, 1843, Ruth Ann Bux- 

ton. Two children, one Sarah Jane 8 born June 5, 1844, married Sumner Joslyn ; the other, Andrew 
Jackson 8 , born September 5, 1847, married Jennie Ballard. 

5. Leonard 7 Wakefield, born October 30, 1814, a farmer and stone mason in Webster ; married April 14, 

1843, Huldah 7 Gleason (335). Four children, including Elias Benjamin 8 , born January 29, 1844, 
husband of Mary E. Bugbee ; and Clark Daniel 8 , born November 16, 1848, who married Mary Cornell. 

6. Salem 7 Wakefield, 'born February 8, 1819, died in Webster October 24, 1848. 

. 7. Alfred 7 Wakefield (January 10, 1825— January 13, 1887), a farmer ; married May 5, 1859, Agnes M. Fair- 
field, who died May 22, 1868. He married October 30, 1872, Jerusha Freeman. Two children of the 
second marriage. 
8. Abel 7 Wakefield, born January 10, 1825, a farmer ; married November 27, 1856, Filinda Bowdish. 

1. Benjamin Arthur 8 Wakefield, born December 10, 1858, of Webster, His efforts in collecting the 

Wakefield records have far transcended my space to chronicle them. His kindness and 
efficiency, however, will be gratefully remembered. 

2. Ida Evelyn 8 Wakefield, born January 17, 1862. 

3. Harriet Gertrude 8 Wakefield, born March 31, 1878. 

7. Elvida 6 Wakefield, born 1782, married, it is believed Nathan, son of Timothy Ide. 

8. Louise Wakefield, born 1784, married December 15, 1821, Moses Marsh of Belchertown, Mass., and had Reuben 7 

and Moses 7 Marsh. 

9. Betsey Wakefield, born 1786, married November 1, 1813, Comfort Davenport, and had Palmer 7 , Azubah 7 , 

Elbridge Gerry 7 , Elvira 7 , and Amy 7 Davenport. Comfort died May 25, 1834. 
10.Olive« Wakefield, born July 24, 1789, married August 17, 1809, Laban Wetherel of Mansfield, Mass., a black- 
smith and farmer who died in Thompson, Conn., March 2, 1829. 

1. Lydia 7 Wetherel (September 12, 1810— April, 1888), married George Pike. Two children. 

2. Laban 7 Wetherel, July 29, 1812— October 21, 1837. 

3. Alfred 7 Wetherel, born July 29, 1814, a mill overseer and farmer at S. Woodstock, married October 

15, 1837, Louisa Munyan of Thompson. Five children, including Vernon Trumbull 8 Wetherel, born 
September 18, 1842, husband of Eliza Hyde. 

4. Willis 7 Wetherel, October 23, 1816— January 9, 1817. 

5. Ebenezer 7 Wetherel, February 24, 1818— April 9, 1818. 

6. Calvin 7 Wetherel, born June 6, 1819, died in Thompson, 1852, married Harriet Esten of Oxford, who 

died childless in 1854. 

7. Olive Miranda 7 Wetherel, August 18, 1821— January 24, 1822. 

8. Wheeler 7 Wetherel, born October 18, 1824, married Harriet Bruce of Webster and Clarissa Esten of Ox- 

ford, both of whom died childless about a year after marriage. 
11. Aaron Wakefield, born 1791, died aged two years. 



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225. Huldah 5 Wight (Levi*, Nathaniel", Ephraimr, Thomas 1 ), born November 16, 1750, 
married James Gleason and had eight children who grew up. The Gleasons lived in Web- 
ster, Mass. Huldah died November 8, 1839, upon the night after the burial of .her husband. 
They died at the house of their son Uzziel. "Huldah was a woman who doctored a good deal, 
always ready to assist the poor and needy, although poor herself; one of the best women 
that the sun ever shone on." Her descendants fighting in the Union cause in the war of 
1861 were: Grand-children, Captain Uzziel 7 Gleason, privates Sanford 7 Gleason, Silas 7 
Gleason and Harris 7 Gleason; great-grandchildren, Sergeant Lias 8 Wakefield, Corporal 
Jeroine s Marsh, Privates Ira 8 Wakefield, Lewis 8 Wakefield, Francis 8 Wakefield (dead), 

Monroe s Ide, Francis P. 8 Ide, Leander J. s Ide, Samuel 8 Marsh, William 8 Gleason, 8 

Barrett, and 8 Barrett, a commanding officer. — For the early Gleasons, see Barry's 

Framingham, 72, 257. — Huldah's children may not all be chronologically arranged. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. James" Gleason (November S, 1772— March 30, 1831); had three children, Chester 7 , Sanford 7 and Roxana 7 Glea- 

son. This last married John J. Parsons. Sanford 7 had a daughter who married and lived in Milwaukee. 

2. Abigail* Gleason, born in Oxford April 18, 1775, married there, April 22, 1802, Samuel Marsh (Marsh's John 

Marsh of Salem, 94), and died in her 62nd year. Samuel was of Newfane, Vt., but settled in Worcester, Mass. 

1. Royal 7 Marsh, born in Oxford, died aged 72, July 29, 1878, married Sarah H. Billiard of Holliston. 

Seven children, including : 

1. Jerome 8 Marsh, born inWebster March 12, 1836, married Margaret Hetherington, born in Eng- 

land. A corporal in war of 1861. 

1. Ruth" Marsh born in Webster, April 8, 1868. 

2. Alexander 8 Marsh, born in Webster, May 1837, married Ellen Wheelock of Dudley. 

1. Arthur 9 Marsh born in Burrillviile, R. I., July 1861, married Lovina Belleville of Mill- 

ville, Mass. 

2. Fred Marsh, born in Burrillviile, March 8, 1863, married Mabel Landers, born in Mill- 

bury, Mass. 

3. Maria s Marsh, born in Webster, October, 1840, married Lorenzo Walker of Oxford. 

1. Flora Bell" Walker, born in Webster, May 3, 1875. 

4. Samuel 8 Marsh, born in Webster, April 1843, a private in war of 1861. Unmarried. 

7. Sarah 8 Marsh, born in Webster, November, 1853, married Mirton Packard of New York state. 

2. Laura 7 Marsh married Peter Sherman of Burrillviile. Mrs. I. G. Adams of Webster, is a descendant. 

3. Hannah Gleason, married Benjamin 6 Wakefield (234). 

4. Silas Gleason, born January 27, 1780, was murdered for his money in October, 1828, on a raft of logs on a 

river in New York state. He was unmarried. 

5. Lovina Gleason, married Liberty, son of Timothy Ide. Twelve children. A descendant, Mrs. Julia A. 

Stevens, lives at Mount Hope, Conn. 

6. Uzziel Gleason, born August 16, 1785, a farmer in that part of Oxford later joined to Webster and called 

Webster Gore. He married October 22, 1815, Lydia Irons at Burrillviile, who died aged 76 at Danielson- 
ville, Conn. Uzziel died there in his 95th year. 

1. Huldah 7 Gleason, born Oxford February 9, 1816, married Leonard 7 Wakefield (224). 

2. Silas 7 Gleason, born Oxford September 27, 1817, married Mercy Smith of Rhode Island. 

3. Nancy 7 Gleason (July 11, 1821— February 6, 1855), married Otis Jenks of Pawtucket, R. I. A son Otis 

Arnold 8 Jenks lives in Providence. 

4. Uzziel 7 Gleason, born Oxford June 16, 1823, married Emily Kelley of Bhode Island. 

. 5. Bethany 7 Gleason, born Webster, December 27, 1827, married April 22, 1855, at North Oxford, William 
Henry Rice, a farmer, who died March 16, 1881, at Danielsonville, Conn., where his widow resides. 
He was in the war of 1861. 

1. Nancy 8 Rice, born November 14, 1857, at Hampton, Conn., married Charles Reed of Worcester. 

6. William 7 Gleason, born Webster, May 19, 1829, married Harriet Waldow. 

7. Sylvanus 7 Gleason (October 10,1830 — February 15, 1880), depot master at Danielsonville many years. 

He married Ann Cooper but left no children. 

8. Elmira Jane 7 Gleason, born East Webster, December 9, 1835, married Andrew Mason of Webster. 

9. James Henry 7 Gleason, born Webster, June 4, 1889, married Sarah Mason of Oxford. 
lO.Albert 7 Gleason, born Webster, January 24, 1842, married Alice Browning of Washington, D. C. 
11. Abbie Elizabeth 7 Gleason, born Webster, May 7, 1843, married Henry Brown of Connecticut. 

7. Abiel Gleason, born in Oxford November 20, 1790, died in Webster aged 80 years. 

1. Miranda 7 Gleason, born in Oxford August 4, 1820. married Harley Brown of Douglass, Mass. 

1. Malora 7 Brown, born Douglass, October 29, 1845, married Elisha E. Thompson of Douglass, a 

private in the war of 1861. No children. 

2. Sophronia 8 Brown, born in Douglass, June 3, 1847, married George E. Fairfield, of Douglass. 

No children. 

3. Levi A. 8 Brown, born in Douglass, July 6, 1851, married married Martha White of Gloucester, 

R. I. Three children. 

4. Susan M. 8 Brown, born in Burrillviile, R. I., August 18, 1855, married Dexter A. Sanders of 

Gloucester. One child. 

5. Joseph 8 Brown, born in Burrillviile, June 21, 1857, married Adelaide Shippee, of Gloucester. 

No children. 

2. Susan S. 7 Gleason, born in Oxford, February 15, 1823, died August 26, 1839. 

3. Allen 7 Gleason, born Oxford, July 14, 1825, married Susan Parker ot Douglass, who died aged 54, and 

Mrs. Nancy Reynolds of Webster. No children. 

4. Harris 7 Gleason, born Oxford, December 29, 1831, married Ellen E. Cooper of Killingly, Conn. No 

children. He was a private in 42nd Mass. Vols, and now lives in Webster. 

8. Lucrctia Gleason. born 1793 (?), married George, son of Timothy Ide. George, who was a noted spiritualist, 

died October 8, 1864. Lucreiia died January 23, 1859. Among Lucretia's seven children were : 

2. Alonzo 7 Ide, born 1816, married Rhoda Buxton. A son Monroe W. K Ide of Webster, married May 15, 

1873. Abigail Carter Chandler (Chandler's Chandler family, 914). She died leaving a son, and Monroe 
remarried. 

3. Lovell 7 Ide (February 3, 1819— July 3, 1848), married Harriet Burdy. 

5. Lucetta 7 Ide, married William Marsh. 

226. John 5 Wight (Levi*, Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 2, 1752, mar- 
ried , Betsey Bobinson. John with his brothers Levi and Caleb emigrated from 
Oxford, Mass., to Fairfield, Herkimer County, N. Y., February 17, 1794. Here John died 



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about 1808. The family removed to Fowler, St. Lawrence County, N. Y., in 1819-1822, where 
Betsey lived with her son John and where she died August 1, 1858, aged 93 years, having 
been born February 20, 1765, and having survived her husband fifty years. The six oldest 
children were born in Oxford, the remainder in Fairfield. 

CHILDREN. 

478.— 1. Uzziel, horn March 22, 1781, died in September, 1784. 

479 2. Aisner, born April 11, 1783. 

480.— 3. Jason, born July 13, 1785. 

481.— 4. Reuben, born May 16, 1788. 

488 — 5. Abigail, born October 2, 1791. 

483 6. Betsey, born September 18, 1793, died 1794. 

484.-7. John, born January 17, 1796. 

485 8. Alvin, born July 24, 1799. 

48G.— 9. Harvey, born April 11, 1805. 

Note. Of John Wight's descendants a large majority were tillers of the soil, and few received more thau a 
common school education. 

227. Lydia 5 Wight {Levi 4 ', Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 25, 1754, mar- 
ried Curtis Dixon. He was a grandson of Robert Dixon who was born in Londonderry, Ire- 
land, late in the seventeenth century, being the son of a Presbyterian of high descent. In 
his youth Robert was taken by a mariner uncle to Boston and bound out as a shoemaker. 
When of age he settled in Providence, R. I. Robert's son Robert was drafted in 1753 and 
sent to Cuba where he died from the effects of drinking from a well whose water had been 
poisoned by a French doctor. The younger Robert had a son Curtis who lived with his 
grandfather until he married Lydia Wight. Soon after marriage Curtis left his little family 
and was present at Bunker Hill and against Burgoyne. After the latter's surrender Curtis 
was for a time orderly sergeant under Baron Steuben in Rhode Island. After the war Curtis 
removed to Dudley, Mass., and worked at milling. From there Curtis and all his children 
(except Levi who remained in Dudley), removed to Montgomery County, N. Y., and in 1804 
to Denmark, Lewis Co., N. Y. In 1820 the family removed to Orleans, Jefferson County, N. 
Y., where Curtis died in 1835, at the home of his oldest son Robert B.° Dixon. Lydia died 
aged 89 in Clayton, Jefferson County, N. Y., at the home of her daughter Sally . Both Curtis 
and Lydia were of strong constitution. The latter when nearly seventy years of age walked 
from Denmark to Orleans, a distance of thirty miles, in less than two days and with little 
fatigue. They were both of earnest Christian character. Their children were Robert B.° 
Dixon (who had eight children one of whom, Sally, married'a Smith and lives at Stone Mills, 
Jefferson County, N. Y.), John 6 , John (both died young), Levi , Jeremiah , Esther 6 , Susan 6 , 
Axey (died young), Nancy , Polly , Sally (who married a Percy), Dorcas (died young). 

228. Abigail 5 Wight (Levi*, Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 30, 1757, 
married at Oxford Gore, Mass., December 24, 1781, Jonathan Corbin (930, Note 2), who was 
born in Woodstock, Conn., August 20, 1760. Jonathan was a farmer at Oxford Gore, where 
all his children were born. He died in Webster, Mass., December 26, 1817, his widow died 
there July 31, 1825. 

descendants. 

1. Polly Corbin, born November 27, 1782, died in Pascoag, R. I., May 1814, wife of Caleb Brown. 

1. Stephen 7 Brown, was probably married, nothing further known. 

2. Rachel 7 Brown, wife of Ashael Albee and Sanford Morris. 

3. Jesse 7 Brown, enlisted in regular army of U. S., in summer or fall of 1826. Nothing since known. 

2. Lucy Corbin, born April 18, 1785, died in Monson, Mass., December 14, 1849 ; married at Oxford Gore, 1800, 

Stephen Moon, born in Windham, Conn.; a carpenter, who died in Monson, June 26, 1871. 

1. Palamon 7 Moon, born in Oxford Gore, June 17, 1802, a shoemaker, died in Brimlield, Mass., May 16, 

1883 ; married April 28, 1833, Bathsheba Stebbins ; he married in Brimfield, November 29, 1845, Ruth 
C. Janes, born January 21, 1812. 

1. Francis Dwight 8 Moon, born in Brimfield, February 27, 1846. 

2. Eugene Witt 8 Moon, born in Brimfield, April 15, 1851, died April 30, 1858. 

2, Abigail 7 Moon, born August 14, 1804, married in Oakham, Mass., Justice Weld, and had George 8 , Sam- 

uel 8 and William 8 . 
8. Betsey 7 Moon, born November 12, 1806, married in Charlton, Jeremiah Morse, and had a daughter 
Harriet 8 ; Betsey married again in Leicester, Mass., Dwight Elliot and had seven children. 

4. Daniel 7 Moon, born September 22, 1808, a laborer, died in Southbridge, Mass., March 23, 1857; married 

in Sturbridge, 1831, Betsey Dickey, born in Merrimack, Mass., 1809, died in Sutton June 23, 1874. 
Ten children, including : 

8. James 8 Moon, born in Charlton September 18, 1835, wife Maria Gray. 

4. Darius 8 Moon, born in Charlton March 9, 1838, married in Sturbridge, 1861. Eliza Hinks. 

5. Mary E. 8 Moon, born in Woodstock, Conn., November 6, 1840, married in Brimfield, 1860, Jacob 

Barton. Four children. 

6. Abigail 8 Moon, born in Brimfield, January 25, 1843, married Lafayette Sanger, born in Wood- 

stock October 12, 1882. Seven children. 

5. Stephen 7 Moon, born May 22, 1811, sirname changed by law to Brooks, married in Spencer, Mass., 

Euuice Needham, born in Charlton 1798. Their youngest child was, 

4. Adaline 8 Brooks, born September 12, 1838 in Charlton, died August 19, 1874. She married in 
Sturbridge, 1852, George Preston ; in Peoria, 111., 1856, Elbridge Chapman, and in Brookfield, 
Mass., 1864, Berthear Flagg. 

1. Louise" Preston, born in Charlton August 25, 1854. 

2. Calvin" Chapman, born in Charlton October 29, 1857, married there, 1885, Ella Brown. 

3. Josiah" Flagg, born in Brookfield December 22, 1867. 

4. Jennie 9 Flagg, born in Brookfield December 22, 1867, married there, 1S84, Charles New- 

man, and had Henry Berthear 1 " Newman, born there August 19, 1887. 



7o The Wights. 



6. Benjamin 7 Moon, born in Thompson September 29, 1813, sirname changed by law to Brooks, died in 

Greenwich, Mass., October 30, 1888 ; married in Charlton December 17, 1834, Charlotte Burt 7 Emer- 
son, below. Five children. 

7. Sanford 7 Moon, born in Dudley, Mass., March 17, 1815, a shoemaker, died in Peoria, 111., September 2, 

1 8t >0 ; married 1885, Sarah Ann 7 Whittemore, below. Eight children, seven born in Peoria. 
S. Solomon 7 Moon, born in Palmer, Mass., November 6, 1818, married Lucretia Sweet, and removed many 

years ago to Pennsylvania. He had a son Herbert 8 Moon. 
9. Harriet L. 7 Moon, born in Palmer January 1, 1821, married in Union, Conn., August 81, 1842, Abner 

Shaw. 

1. George Marshall 8 Shaw, born in Brimfield October 20, 1843, married in Palmer March 4, 1865, 

Elizabeth N. Ward, born in Phillipston, Mass., April 10, 1841. Five children, the eldest Wal- 
ter R. !l Shaw, born April 14, 1867, married December 24, 1887, Maggie Holmes. 

2. Emily Shaw (October 18, 1848— October 27, 1882), married in Brookfield March 17, 1868, Henry D. 

Rogers, born in Brookfield December 25, 1848. 
8. Lewis W. Shaw, July 28, 1850— August 4, 1877. 
10. Lucy Ann 7 Moon, born in Charlton April 27, 1828, married there September 28, 1837, John Barton. Five 

children. 
ll.Dwight E. 7 Moon, born in Southbridge April 10, 1825, a laborer, married Sarah Colgrove (1823— October 
28, 1888). 

1. Mary Etta* Moon, born in Palmer August 8, 1859, married there December 27, 1880, Joseph H. 

Mumford, born in Monson May 25, 1857. Two children. 

2. Ellen s Moon, born in Monson July 24, 1862. 

8. Sarah* Corbin, born December 7, 1787, died in Putnam, Conn., March 10, 1857, married at Oxford Gore, October 
17, 1818, Daniel, born in Thompson. Conn., March 24, 1791, son of Caleb and Eunice Whittemore. Daniel 
was a cabinet maker and settled in Peoria, 111., but died in Woodstock, Conn., September 3, 1870. He was a 
soldier in the war of 1812. His children were born in Thompson. 

1. Sarah Ann 7 Whittemore, born April 3, 1814, died in Peoria, 111., April 27, 1877; married Sanford 7 

Moon, above. 

2. Daniel 7 Whittemore, born October 5, 1815. married in Southbridge, Mass., 1842, Betsey Mogan ; three 

children. A farmer. 

3. Caleb 7 Whittemore, born August 24, 1817, married in Peoria. 111., April 7, 1841, Maria Russell; four 

children. 

4. Nelson 7 Whittemore, born October 4. 1819, died in East Killingly, Conn., December 13, 1872, a farmer, 

married in 1845, in Gloucester, R. I., Henrietta Curtis. Three children. 

5. Eunice 7 W r hittemore, born June 17, 1821, married 1841, in Thompson, George Shippee. Nine children. 

6. Mary Ann 7 Whittemore, born March 25, 1823, married in Thompson, September 6, 1839, Wheaton V. 

Shippee. Five children. 

7. Benjamin F. 7 Whittemore, born August 4, 1825, a mechanic and member of Co. E., 58th Mass. Regt., in 

war of 1861, married in Thompson, July 20, 1845, Harriet 7 Handy, below. Four children. 

8. George D. 7 Whittemore, born August 7, 1828, a mechanic, married in Thompson, March 2. 1851, 

Almira C. Gray. Three children. 

9. Simon B. 7 Whittemore, born December 7, 1831, lost his eyesight totally in 1850, married in Putnam. 

Conn., September 4, 1867, Margaret Dewey. Seven children. A farmer. 

4. Anna 8 Corbin, born February 9, 17^K), died April 26, 1826, at Uxford Gore ; married there December 29, 1814, 

John Emerson, a farmer, born in Thompson, August 6, 1786, died there October 9, 1868. Children born at 
Oxford Gore. 

1. Charlotte Burt 7 Emerson, born October 2, 1815, married Benjamin 7 (Moon) Brooks, above. 

1. Ann Maria 8 Brooks, born Charlton, June 26, 1836, married in Monson, August 19, 1852, Walter 

Deming, born May 21, 1832. Their eldest child Lindsley Andrew 9 Deming, born June 7, 
1854, married September 1, 1875, Helen E. Bradley, and has eight children. 

2. Martha Jane 8 Brooks, born in Spencer May 17, 1838, married Miner King and April 15, 1876, 

William H. Fewell of London, Eng. 

1. Martha Minerva 9 King, born in Monson, July 21, 1859, married there March 16, 1878, 

Clarence D. Bradway. Two children. 

2. Frances Adelaide 9 King, born in Mansfield, Conn., May 12, 1865, married in Greenwich, 

Conn., November 28, l!-88, Herbert W. Russell. 

3. William Burt 9 Fewell, born in Monson, January 2, 1877. 

4. Edgar Oswald 9 Fewell, born in Monson January 23, 1879. 

3. Abner Shaw 8 Brooks, born in Brimfield, April 6, 1841, fell in the battle of Iiish Bend, April 14, 

1863. 

4. Burt Vernon 8 Brooks, born in Brimfield, May 22, 1849. 

5. Orson Francis 8 Brooks, born in Monson, November 8, 1851. 

2. David 7 Emerson, born August 3, 1816, a farmer, died at Lake Eunice, Minn., August 25, 1884 ; married 

in Thompson, October 13, 1844, Adaline Andrews. 

1. Eva 8 Emerson, born in Thompson, September 5, 1854, wife of Charles Tanner of Thompson. 

2. Mary E. 8 Emerson, born in Smithtield, R. I., March 9, 1864, wife of Myla Converse. 

3. Levi Wight 7 Emerson, born July 27, 1821, a brickmaker, and a soldier in the war of 1861, married in 

Brimfield, February 8, 1843, Ruth Ann Needham. No children. 

4. Sarah 7 Emerson, born April 24, 1824, married in Webster, May 22, 1842, Willard L. Brown, born in 

Dudley, August 4, 1824. 

1. Harriet M. 8 Brown, born in Webster, December 9, 1843, married March 15, 1860, Olcott Edger- 

ton. A son, Charles H. 9 Edgerton, was born January 20, 1869. 

2. Henry W. 8 Brown, born in Pascoag, R. 1 , March 23, 1816, died November 8, 1865. 

3. Stephen S. 8 Brown, born in Webster, November 25, 1847. 

5. John« Corbin, born April 26, 1792, a blacksmith, died at Charlton, Mass., April 28, 1849 ; wife Mary Stone (1783, 

Note), born 1794. No children. 

6. Jabez" Corbin, born August 28, 1794, died Webster, Mass., October 3, 1846, a farmer, married at Charlton, July 

7, 1818, Miriam Mclntyre, born in Charlton 1792, died in Webster May 9, 1847. 

1. Eunice 7 Corbin, born Webster January 1, 1820, married at Oxford Gore, November 19, 1837, Rufus 

Scott. 

1. Julia Elizabeth 8 Scott, born in Oxford, Mass., September 28, 1888. 

2. Julius Augustus 8 Scott, born in Oxford December 10, 1843, married in New York, November 21, 

1865, Amanda Carpenter. 

2. Robert 7 Corbin, born Charlton January 12, 1822, died at Worcester, Mass., November 12, 1847, as the 

result of an accident on the Providence & Worcester R. R. 

3. Walter 7 Corbin, born Charlton April 16, 1825, a farmer, married October 10, 1846, in Webster, Philena 

Goldthwait, born in Uxbridge, Mass., 1809, died in Warren. Mass., August 26, 1857. 

1. Ruth Ann 8 Corbin, born in Warren July 26, 1849, married in Monson, Mass., September 2, 1866, 
Andrew Jackson Ryder. Children born in Monson. 



Fifth Generation. 71 



1. Frederick Ellsworth" Ryder, born January 16, 1868, married in Monson July 31, 1888, 

Mary Etta Nelson. 

2. Adin Jackson" Ryder, born November 19, 1871. 
8. Laura Annie 9 Ryder, born June 18, 187S. 

4. William Andrew" Ryder, February 26, 1875— January 24, 1876. 

5. Minnie Philena" Ryder, born September 21, 1876. 

6. Walter Alonzo" Ryder, April 2, 1879— June 30, 1881. 

7. Lola Bell" Ryder, born March 4, 1881. 

4. Rufus 7 Corbin, born Webster, September 20, 1833, married in Philmont, N. Y., November 29, 1854, 
Christina McFall, born Philmont, February 14, 1886. Mr. Corbin is cashier of the 10th Avenue and 
125th st. Cable road, New York, and has been enthusiastic and efficient in assisting in this work. 
1. Maggie Louise 8 Corbin, born in Philmont, September 20, 1857, graduate of the Normal College, 
New York. 
7. Esther" Corbin, born October 16, 1796, died in Thompson October 9, 1842 ; married there, 1817, Asa Handy, 
born November 26, 1795, in Smithfield, Mass., son of William and Thankful Handy. Asa was a mason and 
died in Thompson, April 5, 1853. 

1. Amos 7 Handy, born in Thompson, January 19, 1819, died in Woodstock, Conn., March 9, 1888; married 

in Thompson, May 19, 1840, Eliza Reed. He was a mason. Eight children. 

2. John 7 Handy, boru in Thompson, February 21, 1821, a farmer, married in Woodstock March 30, 1859 

Katheriue Button. No children. 

3. George 7 Handy, born in Thompson August 7, 1824, a real estate agent, married in Thompson May 12, 

1844, Susan Burdick. He married later Abbie Treble, and had six children of each marriage. 

4. Harriet 7 Handy, born in Thompson September 15, 1826, married there July 20, 1845, Benjamin F. 7 

Whittemore, above. 

5. Louisa 7 Handy, born in Thompson April 10, 1829, married in Plymouth, Mass., January 22, 1854, Ezra 

T. Holmes. Five children. 

6. Ebenezer 7 Handy, born in Burrillville, R. I., November 26, 1831, married in Grafton, Mass., May 13, 

1858, Ann M. Lovell. No children. A merchant. 

7. Nelson 7 Handy, born in Burrillville October 5, 1834, a iarmer, married in Fiskville, R. I., November 

30, 1855. Delighta Wilcox. No children. 

230. Levi 5 Wight {Levi 41 , Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Tlwrnas 1 ), born July 3, 1761, married in 
Oxford, Mass., October 24, 1782, Sarah Corbin (930, Note 2), who was born in Woodstock, Conn., 
January 11, 1764. After the birth of six children Levi removed with his brothers, John and 
Caleb, to Fairfield, Herkimer County, N. Y. In 1802 Levi removed to Oppenheim, N. Y., 
where he had bought a farm. Later, however, he and his wife followed their children to the 
western part of the state. Levi died January 2, 1830, his wife died April 15, 1852 — both in 
Centreville, Alleghany County, N. Y. Their son Lyman, writes in his diary, "My parents 
were very strenuous believers in the Universalist doctrine, strictly moral and perfectly 
honest." 

CHILDREN. 

William, born in Oxford, March 2, 1783. 

Daniel, born in Oxford, January 28, 1785. 

Abbott, born in Oxford, February 23, 1787. 

Dolly, born in Oxford, September 1, 1789. 

George, born in Oxford, September 22, 1791, died in the army at Fort George U. C. 
August 10, 1813, unmarried. 

Stephen, born in Dudley, October 6, 1793. 

Lyman, born in Fairfield, May 9, 1796. 

UzziEL.born in Fairfield, June 16, 1798. 

Susannah, born in Fairfield, September 7, 1800. 
496.— 10. Sarah, born in Oppenheim, May 4, 1803. 

497. — 11. Clarissa, born in Oppenheim, May 4, 1808, died unmarried at Centreville, N. Y., March 
10, 1848. 

Note. Montgomery County, New York, was severed from Albany County, March 12, 1792. Oppenheim' 
which had been a part of the township of Palatine in Montgomery County, received a separate organization' 
March 18, 1808. Oppenheim became, April 18, 1838, and is now, a part of Fulton County. 

231. Caleb 5 Wight {Levi*, Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September, 14, 17G3, 
married, when she was about fourteen years old, Euth Cudworth, born in Freetown, Mass., 
May 7, 1770. After the birth of his fifth child, Caleb settled in Fairfield, Herkimer County, 
N. Y. He met with an accidental death while journeying from Albany to Schenectady, Octo- 
ber 1, 1803. While his horse was pursuing a rapid pace, a limb, falling from an apple tree, 
struck the rider upon his head, killing him instantly. The accident caused the insanity of the 
widow, an affliction which continued fifty years, until her death. She died February 11, 1861, 
at the residence of her son Bryant, in Barre, Orleans County, N. Y. — During his residence in 
Fairfield, Caleb changed the spelling of his name to White, which his descendants have con- 
tinued. Two reasons have been given why Caleb made this change ; one that he thought 
the name Wight too common, the other that every one spelled the name White. With this 
latter reason the whole Wight family can sympathize. 

CHILDREN. 

498.— 1. Zilpha, born at Oxford South Gore, January 25, 1787, died unmarried at Carlton, N. 

Y., April 5, 1871. 
499.-2. Cynthia, born at Oxford South Gore, April 17, 1789, died unmarried at Fowlerville, N. 

Y., August 23, 1850. 
500 — 8. Bryant, born at Oxford South Gore, August 24, 1791. 
501. — 4. Sylvia, born at Dudley, January 25, 1794. 
502.— 5. Sophia, born at Dudley, January 22, 1796. 
503.— 6. Libbetjs, born at Fairfield, March 23, 1798. 
504.— 7. James, born at Fairfield, April 26, 1800. 
505.— 8. Anna, born at Fairfield, June 14, 1802. 
506.— 9. Caleb, born at Fairfield, May 7, 1804. 



487. 


-1. 


488. 


—2. 


489. 


—3. 


490.— 4. 


491. 


—5. 


492. 


—6. 


493. 


—7. 


494. 


-8. 


495. 


—9. 



72 The Wights. 



232. Jacob 5 Wight [John*, Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , married 

April 29, 1770, Mehetabel 5 Stone (101). Nothing further is known of this family except that 
they lived in Killingly or Thompson. Their son Jacob is called Junior in 1787. 

CHILDREN. 

507 — 1. Jacob, born July 20, 17G4. 

508.— 2. Ei.H'Halet, bom June 2G, 1772, nothing known. 

509. — 8. Alpheus, born May 11, 1777, nothing known. 

234. Daniel 5 Wight (Peter*, Daniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Tliomas 1 ), born October 4, 1753, married 
in 1778, Miriam Fairbanks (36, Note) of Medway, who was born there March 19, 1745-6, and 
died October 21, 1779 (Jameson's Medway, 483). Daniel married January 11, 1781, Mary 
(Molly, Polly) Puffer, born in Wrentham, August 14, 1754. Daniel removed from Medway to 
Wrentham in 17S3, and was later in Westboro and Shrewsbury. There is recorded in Spring- 
field a convej'ance, March 29, 1791, of a mill and land in South Brimfield, from Daniel Car- 
penter to Daniel Wight of Shrewsbury. Soon after Daniel removed to South Brimfield where 
he kept a grist mill. " The first grist mill on Elbow Brook was built by William Tucker, who 
sold to Daniel Wight." (Hyde's Brimfield, 156). Daniel died January 20, 1800, Mary died 
October 9,1822 — both in South Brimfield, now called Wales. In the burying ground there 
are these inscriptions : 

Sacred to the memory of 

Mr. Daniel Wight, who 

Died Jan. 20, 1800, 

aged 4G years. 

Ye living mortals view the ground 
Where soon your clay must lie, 
Nor leave this spot till you have found 
That you must shortly die. 

Widow 
Polly Wight 

died 
9 Oct. 1822, 

JE67. 

CHILDREN. 

510.— 1. Daniel, born in Medway, October 19, 1778. 

511 — 2. Emery, born in Medway, July 27, 1781. 

513 — 8. Polly, born in Medway, August 6, 1782. 

513 — 4. George Puffer, born in Wrentham, November 3, 1783. 

514. — 5. Ephraim, born iu Westboro, August 30, 1785, died March 16, 1786. 

515 — 6. Ann Fisher, born in Westboro, March 22, 1787. 

516.— 7. Sally, born in Shrewsbury, September 14, 1790. 

517 — 8. Ephraim, born in South Brimfield, February 24, 1792. 

518.— 9. Daniel, born in South Brimfield, June 14, 1793. 

Note 1. The Puffers : George Poffer of Braintree, now Quincy, received a grant there in February, 1640 
and died soon after. " The widow Poffer dyed the 12 mo. 18 : 76, aged." (Bates' Braintree Records, 640). They had 
at least two sons: 

1. James Poffer, was aged "about 68" at his death in Braintree July 25, 1692. He married February 14, 

1655, Mary Ludden of Weymouth. (Bates' Braintree Records, 716). Their oldest child, Richard Poffer, 
born in Braintree 14:1:1657. married at Dorchester, March 23, 1681, Ruth Everett (239 iVote),and removed 
to Wrentham, where he died January 3, 1723. These last had William Poffer born July 17, 1686, who 
married May 25, 1710, Elizabeth Guild ol Wrentham (Register IV, 84, 85) and had a son'William, born 
March 9, 1712, died in Medway about 1754. This William Poller married August 30, 1733, Rebecca Ware 
(36, Note; 153, Note 1), -of Wrentham, and had William, born April 24, 1734, died in Monson January 
14, 1809. This last William married February 27, 1753, Mary Wetherell, of Norton, and had Mary Puf- 
fer, wife of Daniel Wight, above. — William and Elizabeth (Guild) Poffer had also a daughter Eliza- 
beth, born 1716, who married April 1737, John Hancock, ancestor of Maj. Gen. AVinfieldS. Hancock. 

2. Matthias Poffer, died May 9, 1717. He married 18: 1: 1662, Rachel Farnsworth, who with her oldest 

child, was killed by the Indians at Mendon, July 10, 1675. Her daughter, Esther Poffer, married June 
2, 1697, William Sumner of Milton— great-grand-parents of Charles Sumner, senator of the United 
States. Matthias " was a grand old man, but there are few of his descendants bearing his name, 
although there are many and some distinguished in American history who carry his blood." (Reg- 
ister). 

Note 2. Ludden ; Mary Ludden, born in Weymouth, December 17, 1636, was daughter of James Ludden — 
possibly the ferryman Ludham or Luddam of Prince's Chronology, 407 ; Winthrop's New England, I, 92 ; Drake's 
Boston, 145, 146. Mary's name is called Swalden in Bates' Braintree Records, 716, but the error is still older : 
Register, XXII, 288. The same sirname occurs correctly in Vinton's Vinton Memorial, 333. 

Note 3. Guild : John Guild, supposed to have been born in England about 1616, was admitted to the Ded- 
ham, Mass., church in 1640, and married June 24. 1645, Elizabeth Crooke of Roxbury. She died August 81, 1669 ; 
he died October 4, 1682. See his will Burleigh's Guild Family, 25. Of his children were Samuel and John: 

1. Samuel Guild (November 7, 1647— January 1, 1730), married November 29, 1676, Mary Woodcock, and 
had John (October 2, 1687 — June 15, 1767), of Walpole. This last married Abigail Robinson of Reho- 
both, and had a son Samuel Guild of Walpole. He married Mehetabel Clapp, October 28, 1764, and 
was father of Aaron Guild, born February 10, 17fi8, a farmer of Walpole, who married Synthe 7 Smith 
(20). Aaron died January 25, 1831 ; Synthe 7 died April 15, 1842. Their son Samuel 8 Guild, born Feb- 
ruary 12, 1806, married November 29, 1832, Orra Fisher of Walpole. Samuel and Orra were parents of 
William Fisher Guild, born November 20, 1839, a farmer of Medfield, who married Elizabeth Maria* 
Plimpton (186). 



Fifth Generation. 73 



2. John Guild (November 29, 1649— January 24, 1728) deacon of the Wrentham church, married in Dedham 
May 22, 1677, Sarah Fisher, born October 27, 1658, daughter of Anthony and Joanna (Faxon) Fisher of 
Dedham. Anthony was married September 7, 1647, and was brother of Lydia Fisher (7, Note 2). John 
and Sarah Guild had a daughter Elizabeth, born July 7, 1685, who married William Poffer (Note 1); 
and a son, John Guild, born November 7, 1690, who married June 11, 1711, Mercy Foster. John and 
Mercy who lived at Wrentham, had a son Ebenezer (July 31, 1724— May 29, 1790), deacon of the Baptist 
church, Franklin, husband of Margaret Pond (Harris' Pond Genealooy, 23). Ebenezer and Margaret 
had a son Ebenezer (August 16, 1747— September 26, 1822) of Franklin, who married December 3, 1772, 
Lydia Whittemore of Needham. This last Ebenezer had a son Ebenezer, born January 23, 1786, a hatter 
at Oxford, who married September 22, 1811, Hephzibah Russell. Ebenezer and Hephzibah had a 
daughter Emily Amanda Guild (July 12, 1812— April 24, 1888), who April 7, 1833, married Alvan Green- 
leaf Underwood of Milford, born at West Woodstock, Conn., April 15, 1808, died July 6, 1885. These 
last had a son Albert Gallatin Underwood, husband of Sarah Smith 8 Wight (1880). Correct Bur- 
leigh's Guild Family, 148. 

Note k. Wetherell : William Wetherell made in 1669 the first settlement within the present limits of Nor- 
ton, Mass. , on the easterly side of Winneconnet pond. Tradition says that he came to America as cabin boy with 
William Dunn, who was master of the vessel and a proprietor of Taunton. His name appears in 1643 in Taunton 
among the males between the ages of 16 and 60, subject to military duty (Register IV, 259). For his connection 
with the Taunton iron works in 1655, see Register ~X1A, 85. His will dated August 15, 1691, was probated November 
18, 1691, (Clark's Norton, 10). His son William Wetherell, born about 1650, died about 1729, lived in Norton near 
the outlet of Winneconnet pond. He married in Taunton March 14, 1681, Elizabeth, daughter of Jeremiah New- 
land. She was born in Taunton May 18, 1659 (Register XVII, 37). Her father died in Taunton July 25, 1681. Wil- 
liam and Elizabeth had a son William who lived in Freetown. I conjecture him to be the Wetherell who married 
Mary Pain of Freetown, and that this couple are the William and Mary Wetherell who were parents of Mary 
Wetherell born April 13, 1732, wife of William Poffer, Note 1 (Norton Records). — Mary Pain was daughter of John 
and Rebecca (Davis) Pain of Freetown. Rebecca Davis was daughter of William and Mary (Makepeace) Davis. 
Mary Makepeace was daughter of William and Ann (Johnson) Makepeace of Freetown and grand-daughter of 
Thomas Makepeace of Boston (Register XV, 236 ; XX, 213). 

235. Dinah 5 Wight (Peter 4, , Daniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 15, 1758, married 
May 30, 1781, Jonathan Frost of Westboro. 

A 

236. Ephraim 5 Wight (Ephraim 4 ', Daniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born February 25, 1754, 
was associated in war and business with his father. The Wilbraham records note the publi- 
cation June 25, 1774, of the marriage intentions of Ephraim Wight, Jr. and Patience Cleave- 
land. His marriage to Patience is recorded in the Palmer records as taking place December 
1, 1774. There is a deed in Springfield records of a land purchase in Ludlow, Mass., dated 
April, 1775, by Ephraim Wight Jr., cordwainer, of Wilbraham. For his military service and . 
other land purchases see 110. Between 1782 and February, 1784, Ephraim 5 and Elisha 
Cleaveland (perhaps Deacon Elisha Cleveland whose tombstone in the " Sodom " graveyard 
near the Gates place gives his death March 19, 1821), purchased and operated the Weller 
Mills in Westfield, Mass., though Ephraim probably retained his Monson residence. In 
February, 1784, he sold out his interest in the Weller Mills. As stated at 110 Ephraim 5 
received a deed from his father of all interest in the Gates property on January 5, 1786. On 
February 7, 1788, Ephraim " White" conveys to Samuel Borden the Gates property — the 
last conveyance by Ephraim 5 on the Springfield records. Soon after this transfer Ephraim 
removed to Chester, Vermont, for a short time and then returned to Ludlow. His history 
for a while becomes quite uncertain, His wife died about 1802 on the Stephen Lyon place in 
Ludlow. Ephraim is believed to have married again but the particulars are not known. 
The marriage was unhappy, there were disagreements about property and Ephraim and his 
youngest son Ephraim 6 left the East for good and emigrated to Ohio, " to win a horse or lose 
the saddle," as Ephraim 5 expressed his errand. The subsequent glimpes of these two 
Ephraims are few. On November 16, 1812, our hero writes to his son-in-law Ezra Hoag from 
Roxbury, Ohio: "If you send any letters direct them to the town of Warterford [Waterford?] 
and I can get them sooner than if they are directed to Roxbury for then they will be carried 
to Marietta. . . . Ephraim has bought rising of thirty acres of land which is accommo- 
dated pretty well with living water and he has paid for it and is doing well." The writer 
adds that he " saw Ephraim two weeks ago." At this time Ephraim 6 was about 22 years old. 
Later than this period nothing positively is known of these Ephraims. By some of their 
descendants it is said that the father died in Ohio and the son moved to California. By 
Alanson Ely 7 Wight (1262) born in 1812, a grandson of Ephraim 5 , I am told, " I have always 
understood that grandfather was a physician and that he and uncle Ephraim died in Ohio, 
both of yellow fever." Sarah 7 Swart (521) another grandchild states that Ephraim 3 was a 
physician. My attempts to penetrate the mystery of the later years of these Ephraims have 
been failures. 

CHILDREN. 

519 — 1. Abigail Upham, born in Monson, April 24, 1777. 

530 — 2. Orange, bom May 10, 1779. 

531. — 3. Patience, born in Monson, May 7, 1781. 

532 i, Bathsheba, born in Monson, June 27, 1785. 

533 5. Charlotte, born September 17, 1787. 

534.-6. Ephraim, born about 1790. 

535. — 7. Mary, born November 4, 1792. 

238. Lydia 5 Wight (Ephraim i , Daniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 2, 1760, may 
have been the wife of Samuel Borden, living in Monson in 178S ; to whom Ephraim, her 
brother, made a large conveyance of mill property for a small consideration. See 236 

10 



CHAPTER VI. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

239. Anna Wight (Joseph 5 , Joseph 4, , Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 12, 1735, 
married January 9, 1751-2, Captain David Fairbanks (36, Note) of Dedharn. Captain David 
and Anna lived and died in Dedham, and their children were born there. Anna died Janu- 
ary 31, 1785, her husband died in his 45th year, April 19, 1776. The inscriptions upon their 
tombstones in Dedham are preserved in Hill's Dedharn Records II, 301, 302; but there is an 
error on the tombstone or in the book as to Anna's age. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Mary 7 Fairbanks, born May 5, 1754. 

2. Lemuel 7 Fairbanks, October 2, 1757— January 15, 1761. 

3. Rebecca" Fairbanks, born November 14, 1758. 

4. Anna 7 Fairbanks, February 28, 1761 — January 1, 1783. 

5. Sally 7 Fairbanks, born March. 7, 1763. 

6. David 7 Fairbanks, born January 18, 1765. 

7. Lemuel 7 Fairbanks, May 11, 1767 — January 29, 1770. 

240. Miriam Wight {Joseph 5 , Joseph 4 , Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 5, 
1736, married October 19, 1758, Nathaniel Farrington of Dedham. She was admitted into the 
Dedham church March 6, 1768, and her five children were baptized together March 27, 1768. 
(Hill's Dedham Records II, 86, 68). The family lived until 1768 in Dedham, but I cannot trace 
them further. In Joseph Wight's will, made April 10, 1780, Miriam is called his " late " 
daughter, and by the same instrument it would seem that but one of her children was then 
living. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Kate 7 Farrington, born December 15, 1758. 

2. Nathaniel 7 Farrington, born July 1, 1760, may be the Nathaniel Farrington, Jr., who October 2, 1787, married 

Elizabeth Whiting of Dedham. 

3. William 7 Farrington, born October 2, 1762. 

4. Abigail 7 Farrington, born March 10, 1765. 

5. Thomas 7 Farrington, born 
• 

241. Henry 6 Wight (Joseph 5 , Joseph 4 , Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 11, 
1738, was a farmer in Dedham. He married November 19, 1772, Mary Dean, born February 
14, 1745-6, daughter of Joseph and Martha Dean of Dedham. Henry died November 9, 1817, 
Martha died July 29, 1818 — both in Dedham. There also were born their 

CHILDREN. 

526.— 1. Joea, born September 14, 1775, baptized September 17, 1775. 

527 — 2. Andrew, born April 14, 1778, baptized May 31, 1778. 

528 — 3. Jason, born September 18, 1781, baptized September 30, 1781. 

529 4. Joel, born March 15, 1784, baptized May 2, 1784. 

Note. Signature of Henry as executor of his father's will in 1786 : 



/&*+£.U*f£f- 



242. Joseph°Wight (Joseph 5 , Joseph 4 , Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 17, 
1740, married September 16, 1762, Judith Everett of Dedham, born June 18, 1738. They both 
united with the Dedham church April 17, 1763, but removed soon after to Rutland, Mass., 
where are recorded the births of their seven eldest children except Eleazar. In 1780 the 
family removed to Norwich, Mass., where Joseph was selectman in 1788-9. He died Septem- 
ber 13, 1809, and his widow died December 4, 1818. 

CHILDREN. 

530.— 1. Catherine, born August 26, 1763, nothing known. 

531.— 2. Meltiah, born November 7, 1765, nothing known. 

532.-3. Joseph, born April 2, 1767. 

533. — 4. Judith, born February 2, 1769, nothing known. 

534 5. Eleazar, born July 16, 1771. 

535. — 6. Miriam, born June 18, 1773, nothing known. 

536. — 7. Alice, born April 11, 1778, nothing known. 

537. — 8. Joel, born in Norwich, August 23, 1781, nothing known. 

538 9. Sarah, born in Norwich, July 20, 1784. 

Note. The Everetts : Richard Everett, one of the founders of Dedham in 1636, died July 3, 1682 ; by wife 
Mary he had among others two children : 

1. Captain John Everett, born probably in Watertown, married May 13, 1662, Elizabeth Pepper of Rox- 

bury, and died June 17, 1715. His son John (June 9, 1676— March 20, 1751) of Dedham married Mercy 
Brown, January 3, 1700. Among their children were Ebenezer Everett (August 5, 1707 — June 19, 1778), 
father of Oliver Everett, father of Hon. Edward Everett ; and Eleazar Everett (August 10, 1712—1786). 
This last married August 12, 1735, Judith Dean, and had a daughter Judith Everett, wife of Joseph 
Wight, above. (Register XIV, 215). 

2. Ruth Everett, born January 14, 1653, married Richard Poffer (234, Note I). 



Sixth Generation. 75 



243. Samuel 6 Wight {Joseph 5 , Joseph 4 ', Joseph**, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 2, 1742, 
married June 12, 1769, Abigail Webb, of Needham. Samuel was a farmer in Dedham and 
Needham, and settled in Norwich, Mass., in 1795. He died May 25, 1810. Abigail, wbo had 
united with the Dedham church August 5, 1770 (Hill's Dedham Records II, 86), died aged 68, 
January 19, 1815. 

CHILDREN. 

539.— 1. Betsey, born in Needham, January 1, 1770, baptized iu Dedham, August 12, 1770. See 

1390, Note 2. 
540.— 2. Jabez, born in Dedham, January 14, 1771, baptized February 24, 1771. 
541.— 3. Drusilla, born in Needham, January 19, 1773. See 1890, Note 2. 
542.-4. Nancy, born in Needham, May 28, 1775. See 1390, Note 2. 
543.-5. Lucy, born , 1779. 

544.-6. Abigail, born , baptized in Dedham, April 24, 1785. See 1390, Note 2. 

545.-7. Catherine, born , baptized in Dedham, April 24, 1785. 

546.-8. Samuel, born , baptized in Dedham, June 11, 1786, died of consumption 

about 1813, unmarried. 

244. Thomas 6 Wight (Joseph 5 , Joseph*, Joseph 3 , Henri/ 2 , Thomas 1 ), born February 23, 1744, 
united with the Dedham church January 7, 1770. He married in Dedham, May 2, 1771, Mary 
Whiting (62, Note 2). He was one of the minute men of Capt. Joseph Guild's company, 
Colonel Greaton's regiment, who assembled on the alarm, April 19, 1775, and was credited 
with 13 days' service. The births and baptisms of his six eldest children are recorded in 
Dedham. In 1792 he removed to Norwich, Mass., where the births of his two youngest 
children are found. He died in Norwich, March 30, 1817; his widow died December 9, 1836. 

children. 

547.— 1. William, born April 6, 1772, baptized April 19, 1772. 

548 — 2. Mary, born November 27, 1773, baptized November 28, 1773. 

549.-3. Burra (Bura, Borridell, in record), born September 18, 1776, baptized September 22,1776. 

550.— 4. Reuben, born November 26, 1778, baptized November 29, 1778. 

551.— 5. Willard, born February 3, 1781, baptized February 18, 1781. 

553.— G. Susan (Sukey, Suca, in record), born May 7, 1783, baptized May 11, 1783. 

553.-7. Luther, born November 27, 1785, baptized in Dedham, January 8, 1786. 

554 — 8. John, born August 23, 1787, baptized in Dedham, September 23, 1787. 

555 — 9. Sarah, born June 2, 1790, baptized in Dedham, June 20, 1790, nothing known. 

556.— 10. Betsey', born June -29, 1793. 

557.— 11 . Lima, born April 10, 1796, nothing known : 

Note. Thomas' handwriting in 1786, as executor of his father's will: 



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247. Sarah 6 Wight (Joseph 5 , Joseph*, Joseph 8 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 1, 1753, is 
not mentioned in her father's will in 1780. Some Sarah Wight of Dedham, otherwise unlo- 
cated, married there December 3, 1789, Ebenezer Gay. "Mrs. Sarah Gay, relict of Mr. 
Ebenezer Gay," died in Dedham aged 89 years, February 21, 1843, (Hill's Dedham Records, II, 
254)— the dates corresponding. Ebenezer Gay died February 23, 1824, aged 78. 

248. Nathaniel Wight (Benoni 5 , Nathaniel 1 , Joseph 8 , Henry, 2 Thomas 1 ), born August 20, 
1753, married in Wrentham, March 9, 1775, Mehetabel Fuller. Prior to the battle of Bunker 
Hill he enlisted for eight months in Captain Wheelock's company, Colonel Ward's Massa- 
chusetts regiment, but in May, 1775, his brother Jabez took his place. In 178fc he removed 
from Wrentham to Barnard, Vermont, where he died October 11, 1832, (October 17, 1832, in 
Wight's Wight family 72) . His son Benoni was administrator of his estate. Mehetabel died 
in February, 1822. 

children. 

558.— 1. Benoni, born in Wrentham, January 20, 1776. 

559.-2. Lucy, born in Wrentham, November 30, 1777, died in Wrentham, August 4, 1778. 

560.— 3. Jerusha, born October 17, 1779, was probably dead in 1882. 

561 .—4. Betsey, born April, 1786. 

563.-5. Rhoda, born August, 1788, was living in 1832. Nothing further known. 

250. Jabez 6 Wight (Benoni 5 , Nathaniel*, Joseph 8 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 1, 
1756, while living in Wrentham in May, 1775, substituted for his brother Nathaniel in the 
eight months' service in Captain Wheelock's company. He was discharged in December, 
1775, and in January 1776, enlisted for one year in Captain Burr's company of the same regi- 
ment, Colonel Ward's. He was present at the evacuation of Boston, March 17, 1776, at the 
battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776, and at the battle of Harlem Heights, October 12, 1776. 
He was discharged at White Plains. He removed to Barnard, Vermont. In March, 1821, he 
stated that he had no family. He died about 1824. 



76 The Wights. 



251. Jonathan 6 Wight (Benoni 5 , Nathaniel 4 ', Joseph*, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 
7, 1758, enlisted at Wrentham in June, 1778, for 9 months in Captain Wheeler's company, of 
Colonel Nixon's regiment, and was discharged at West Point. He was out also for three 
tours in the militia. "By the explosion of a gun he lost the use of one hand, but does not 
say that it happened in the service." He moved to Barnard, Vt. In his application for a 
pension in June, 1818, while living at Barnard, he made no mention of wife or children. He 
was living in 1824. 

256. Abigail Wight (Joseph 5 , Ebenezer 4 , Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 6, 1775, 
may be the Abigail Wight of Dedham, who died there February 17, 1811. Otherwise she is 
unknown. 

257. Samuel 8 Wight [Joseph 5 , Ebenezer 4 , Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , TJiomas 1 ), born June 30, 1777, 
married April 6, 1821, Lucy Bacon, of Dedham. They had no children. I find as yet no 
further record of them. 

259. Miriam 6 Wight (Joseph 5 , Ebenezer 4 , Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 18, 1780, 
married December 18, 1805, Captain Asa Newell, of Natick. These names in the certificate 
of intention filed in Natick, December 2, 1805, are Captain Asa Newhall and Mariam Wight. — 
The Dedham Church record calls the groom -Capt. Asa Newell of Natick, and states that the 
minister received two dollars for performing the ceremony. (Hill's Dedfaim Records, II, 115). 
The family went to New Hampshire. 

261. Joseph Wight (Joseph 5 , Ebenezer 4 , Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born June 27, 1784, 
married Hannah Davis and lived in Charlestown, Mass. Nothing further known. 

CHILDREN. 

563.— 1. Joseph Luther, born 

564. — 2. Benjamin Franklin, born 

565.-3. Hannah Elizabeth, born nothing told. 

Note. These children are not arranged according to age and there may be others. 

263. Thomas 6 Wight (Joseph 5 , Ebenezer 4 , Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born June 29, 1788, 
married, by church records, June 14, 1821, by town records June 17, 1821, Sarah Morse, of 
Walpole. I know nothing further. 

267. Danporth Phipps 6 Wight (Ebenezir 5 , Ebenezer 4 , Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
February 8, 1792, Harvard 1815, studied medicine and entered upon the practice in Barnsta- 
ble, but returned to Dedham in 1842, and resided at his father's home, unmarried, until his 
death, June 8, 1874. He is buried in the old cemetery in Dedham. Dr. Wight was greatly 
interested in genealogical pursuits, and was an early friend and patron of the New England 
Historic-Genealogical Society. He was also loyal to Dedham, the town of his ancestors, and 
was called upon as final authority upon its archaeology and genealogy. He prepared for 
Mann's Annals of Dedham, a catalogue of the natives of Dedham who had graduated at Har- 
vard University. The same list is noticed in the Register II, 224, and IV, 354. But Dr. Wight 
is especially interesting to us as the historian of our family, the pioneer in the work of 
rescuing from oblivion the early bearers of our family name. This to him pleasant task he 
entered upon about half a century ago, and published the result of his researches in 1848, 
in a little volume entitled " Memoir of Thomas Wight of Dedham, Mass., with genealogical 
notices of his descendants, from 1637 to 1840," a volume very favorably mentioned in the 
Register 111,404. Dr. Wight's loyalty to his name and lineage was absorbing. It was evident 
in letters written by him to my father long before my birth, it stands forth in the pages of 
this little manual, it is conspicuous in the correspondence which I had with him when he 
was over four score years of age. Whatever of virtue or merit these present pages may 
contain, is due to the advice which his courtesy rendered, and to the enthusiasm which his 
spirit aroused. 

It was upon the suggestion of Dr. Wight that John Langdon Sibley, Librarian of Harvard 
University, worked up into biographical sketches the accumulated material in his possession, 
relating to the early graduates of Harvard. Hence arose those mines of genealogical lore — 
Sibley's Harvard Graduates, three volumes of which are published. See Vol. I, p. vii. 

268. Catharine 6 Wight (Ebenezer 5 , Ebenezer 4 , Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born August 28, 
1798, married October 28, 1828, Benjamin Franklin Keyes, of Westford, Mass., who was born 
March 7, 1801, resided in Dedham and died there April 8, 1858 (Keyes' Keyes Family, 160; 
Hodgman's Westford, 458) . Catharine died in Dedham, February 11, 1872, and is buried in 
the old cemetery there. 



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DESCENDANTS. 

1. Ebenezer Wight? Keyes, born in Dedham, November 20, 1830, married November 19, 1855, Hortense Eugenia, 

daughter of James and Lydia White, of Belfast, Me. She was born there September 15, 1834, and died in 
Dedham, September 11, 1858. Ebenezer married October 17, 1861, Mary Elizabeth, daughter of William and 
Lydia Carleton, of Charlestown, Mass. She was born in Boston, February 19, 1834. Ebenezer, after travel- 
ing extensively, settled iu Denver, Col., near which place Keyes Mountain was named for him. He died in 
Denver, October 6, 1878. He was well known there as a contributor to the press and as devoted to the cause 
of education. 

1. Franklin Balch 8 Keyes, born in South Boston, Mass., September 5, 1856, was mining in 1880, at Hor- 

tense, Lake Co., Col. 

2. James White 8 Keyes, born in Dedham, October 3, 1857, died in Lancaster, Mass., August 3, 1867. 

3. Carleton 8 Keyes, born in Charlestown, June 29, 1862. 

4. Willis 8 Keves, January 10, 1864— August 29, 1864. 

5. Eben Wight 8 Keyes, born August 27, 1865. 

6. William 8 Keyes, born July 6, 1867. 

7. Hortense Elizabeth 8 Keyes, born April 14, 1869. 

2. Benjamin Franklin 7 Keyes, born June 27, 1832, was killed iu Dedham by the kick of a horse, October 11, 1841. 

269. Ebenezer Wight (Ebenezer 5 , Ebenezer*, Joseph 9 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 8, 
1803, never married. He was in business in Boston, died February 14, 1871, and is buried in 
the old cemetery in Dedham. He eagerly seconded the genealogical efforts of his elder 
brother, and, upon hospitable schemes intent, warmly welcomed wandering Wights who 
visited his city. An entry in my father's diary over forty years ago, records his pleasure at 
meeting this genial Boston merchant. 

270. Edward 6 Wight (Ebenezer 5 , Ebenezer*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 8, 1805, 
was a resident of Boston when September 26, 1832, he married Caroline Frances Stimson, 
born September 29, 1811, daughter of Doctor Jeremy and Hopestill (Godfrey) Stimson, of 
Dedham. Mr. and Mrs. Wight spent some time after marriage in Europe, but their perma- 
nent home was at 51 Clinton Place, New York. Edward died June 5, 1852, and is buried in 
the old cemetery at Dedham. His widow died in New York, December 15, 1887, and was 
buried beside her husband four days after. 

CHILDREN. 

Catharine Lee, born in London, England, October 20, 1833. 

Caroline Frances, born in Boston, Mass., October 2, 1835. 

Emily Stimson, born in New York, February 25, 1837. 

Edward, born in Boston, August 27, 1838. 

Danporth Phipps, born in New York, June 3, 1840. 

Ebenezer, born in New York, June 26, 1842, resides unmarried in New York. 

George Richards, born in New York, November 21, 1843. 

Elizabeth Sturgis, born in New York, October 2, 1850. 

■273. Sarah 6 Wight (Jabez 5 , Jabez*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 28, 1759, died 
unmarried at Griswold, Conn., July 30, 1843, "on the holy Sabbath at a quarter past three 
o'clock." She had lost her sight some little time before. The circumstances of her illness 
and of her calm and peaceful death are detailed in a letter now before me, written August 3, 
1843, by a maiden lady who resided with her, Alice Lester, to Mrs. Lemuel Pomeroy, of 
Pittsfield, Mass., called by the writer Aunt Pomeroy. The writer styles the deceased Aunt 
Wight, and mentions also a " sister Morgan." None of these relationships is traceable. A 
grandchild of Sarah Wight's brother, Hezekiah Lord 6 Wight (275) is named Alice Lester 
Wight (1343). 

274. Ruth 6 Wight (Jabez 5 , Jabez*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 18, 1762, married 
March 3, 1785, Solomon Giddings, of Preston, Conn. He was son of Captain Nathaniel Gid- 
dings, of Norwich, was born about 1764, and died June 4, 1827. His mother was Martha 
Corning. Ruth died at Preston, December 12, 1837. See and correct Giddings' Giddings 
family, 189, et seq. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Jabez Wight 7 Giddings (August 30, 1787— December 20, 18G8), married June 7, 1812, Lydia Hyde Alden (lOOO, 
Note), of Stafford, Conn., (August 17, 1790— September 28, 1860). See Walworth's Hyde Genealogy, I, 632, 633. 

1. Horatio Alden 8 Giddings, (August 3, 1813— June 24, 1S88), married October, 1838, Huldah S. Audrus, of 

Hartford, Conn. A farmer. 

1. Solomon O. Giddings, born January 24, 1839, a merchant in Romeo, Mich., married October 17, 

1866, Julia A. Smith, born January 24, 1839, at Hopewell, N. Y. No children. 

2. Edwin Andrus 9 Giddings, born at Hartford, December 15, 1841, died September 5, 1883; married 

September 18, 1867, Susan Miranda Keep, of Paxton, Mass., born March 15, 1842. Six children. 

3. Adelaide Mary 9 Giddings, born May 29, 1845, married William E. Keep, of Paxton, brother of 

Susan, and lives in Hartford. No children. 

2. Edwin Wight 8 Giddings, born in Preston, June 11, 1815, settled in Romeo, Mich. He married at West 

Brookfield, Mass., October 13, 1840, Martha Sophia Makepeace who died childless in Romeo, June 6, 
1841, aged 22. He married at Lima, N. Y., November 22, 1843, Mercy Adelia Leach, who died aged 52, 
November 22, 1866. He is president of Citizens' National Bank, Romeo. 

1. Martha Sophia Makepeace 9 Giddings, born July 20, 1847, resides with her father in Romeo. 

2. Edwin Wight 9 Giddings, born October 23, 1848, a dry goods merchant at Colorado Springs, Col.; 

married May 19, 1870, Hester E. Ayres. 

1. Louis Edwin™ Giddings, born June 30, 1871. 

2. Sarah Adelia 10 Giddings, born March 14, 1874. 

3. Ralph Owen™ Giddings, born Mav 22, 1876. 

4. Roy Wight* 9 Giddings, born July 28, 1880. 

3. Louis Augustus 9 Giddings, born August 6, 1850, a dry goods merchant at Colorado Springs, 

married February 7, 1888, Mary C. Wright. 



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571. 


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4. Mary Dickinsons Giddings, born January 28, 1858, married June 10, 1SS6, Henrv Newton Wood, 

of Denver, Col. 

1. Martha Giddings 10 Wood, born September 21, 18S7. 

5. Adelia Leach Giddings, born November 5, 1855, married September 19, 1883, Henrv W. Chase, 

of Haverhill, Mass. 

1. Charles Alden 10 Chase, born January 8, 18S7. 

2. Gardner 10 Chase, born May 26, 1888. 

6. Sarah Dickinson Giddings, born November 16, 1859, resides with her father in Romeo. 

3. William Wight s Giddinss, born in Preston, August 11, 1817, married November 17, 1810, Cornelia Ann 

Seymour, born April 28, 1822. He is in the coal and lumber trade at New Britain, Conn. 

1. Martha Makepeace Giddings (August 27, 1841— October 23, 1878), married December 5, 1864, 

Charles A. Northend, of New Britain, born Mav 8, 1841. 
1. Henry Haven 10 Northend, born November 18, 1866. 

2. William Henry Giddings, born January 27, 1847, married November 24, 1869, Geannah L. 

Nichols. Two children. 

3. Frederick Wooster Giddiugs, born August 27, 1850, married October 27, 1875, Marv Brewster 

Stoughton, born January 12, 1857, at East Windsor, Conn. No children. 

4. George Wight Giddiugs, born May 21, 1858, is a phvsician. 

4. Solomon 5 * Giddings, born , died, aged twelve vears. 

5. Eliab Aldens Giddiugs (April 24, 1S20— October 26, 1886), married October 31, 1849, Eliza B. Seymour, 

born April 30, 1821. Resides in Romeo. 

1. George W.° Giddings, born August 10, 1857. 

2. Lelia Belle Giddings, born August 7, 1858, died 1859. 

3. Helen Seymour Giddiugs, born December 2, 1860, married Jauuary 16, 1889. Edward Elisha 

Phelps, of Pittsburg, Pa. 

4. Alden° Giddings, September 29, 1862— May 24, 1863. 

6. Moses Avery 8 Giddines, born Preston, May 24, 1825, married September 25, 1855, Caroline A. Beekman, 

born in New York, March 26, 1828. Resides in Romeo. 

1. Kate Isabella Giddings, born March 23, 1857. 

2. Jabez Wight Giddings, born September 27, 1858, married January 30, 1883, Fidelia Elizabeth 

Fitch. Resides in Romeo, aud is a state senator. 

1. Ferris Herold 10 Fitch, October 22, 1885— January 9, 1886. 

3. Caroline Grace Giddiugs, born February 21, 1868. 

7. George Wights Giddings, born , 1827, graduated Trinity College and studied law; he died 

unmarried Julv 16. 1855, at Hartford. 

8. Lydia Alden 8 Giddings, born Hartford, July 11, 1831, married January 28, 1853, Edward Todd, gold pen 

manufacturer, Union Square, New York; residence, Madison, N. J., and later New York. Children 
born in Brooklvn. 

1. Charlotte Lydia Todd, Dora April 17, 1854, married October 9, 1878 Russell Root Cornell; 

residence No. 67 West 83d St., New York. Children : 

1. Russell Todd 10 Cornell, born August 4, 1879. 2. Samuel H. 10 Cornell, born January 24, 1890. 

2. Edward Todd, born August 1, 1856, married June 8, 1887, Bessie M. Tarbell, of Detroit, Mich. 

3. Ambrose Elv 9 Todd, July 7, 1858— August 4, 1860. 

4. Alden Giddings Todd. July 11, 1861— October 12, 1861. 

5. Ambrose Giddings 9 Todd, born April 24, 1863, Princeton College 1884, a lawyer in New York. 

6. Edith Mav Todd, January 5, 1867— April 26, 1877. 

7. Helen Wight Todd, born October 15, 1870. 

8. Jennie Alden Todd, born Mav 7, 1873. 

2. Sarah" Giddings, born October 24, 1789, died in Hartford, July 28, 1878; married November 8, 1841, Matthew 

Clark (October 2, 1773 — Januarv 16, 1851) of Farmington, Conn. 

3. Lucy" Giddings (February 4, 1792— April 25, 1850), married June 20, 1817, Joseph Alden (lOOO, Note) of Stafford, 

born March 11, 1788, a farmer and member of the Connecticut legislature. Walworth's Hyde Genealogy, I, 
932, is, 1 think, in error in placing Lucy's death April 27, 1857. Eight children, including: 

1. Hannibal 8 Alden, born June 23, 1818, a farmer and sheriff of Tolland County, Conn., married May, 

1854, Sarah Frances Isham, of South Coventrv, Conn. 

2. Louisa Wight 8 Alden (April 5, 1820— November" 22. 1858), married Azariah Lathrop Benton, of Tolland. 

3. Harriet 8 Alden, born October 6, 1825, married May 18, 1842, John AVillys Gilbert, of Tolland. 
5. Martha Giddinss 8 Alden (1829— February, 1859), married James Dexter Fenton. 

4. John" Giddings, born December 18, 1795, died unmarried April 15, 1846. 

5. Martha 7 Giddings, born June 10, 1798, died unmarried in Lisbon, Conn., in April 1882. She was deeply inter- 

ested in the genealogy of the family aud was of unusual understanding and character. 

6. George" Giddings, born March 3, 1801, married Hannah Clark, of Hartford. He died August 13, 1875. "He 

was a large, portlv and popular gentleman, a farmer, public speaker and lecturer." (Giddings' Giddings 
family, 190.) 

7. Mary 7 (Giddings, born March 18, 1803, died in Preston in two days. 

8. Mary Ann 7 Giddings (December 24, 1«05— August 25, 1862), married Jabez Benjamin, of Jewett City, Conn. 

1. Ruth Ann 8 Benjamin, resides unmarried in Lisbon, Conn. 

2. John Rensselaer 8 Benjamin, a jeweler at West Winsted, Conn., married 1864, Sarah Jane Bailey. 

8. Gilbert L.s Benjamin, of Fond du Lac, Wis., engaged in book publishing; married 1868, Clara G. Lyon. 

275. Hezekiah Lord Wight {Jabez 3 , Jabez 4 ', Joseph 9 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 14, 
1765, re moved from Preston to Richmond, Va., early in 1791. He married February 17, 1798, 
Nancy Leeds, who was born in Stonington, Conn., January 1, 1780. Her father, Jeremiah 
Leeds, removed from Stonington to Richmond late in 1791. Nancy died in Richmond, Feb- 
ruary 26, 1812. Hezekiah was a tobacco merchant in Richmond, and was at times in partner- 
ship with John Fitch 8 Wight (281), and with the latter's son Jabez 7 Wight (590). About 1823 
Hezekiah removed to Tuckahoe— an estate near the citv which he and his eldest son pur- 
chased from Captain Thomas Mann Randolph (1338, Note). Here Hezekiah died July 12, 
1837. His children were born in Richmond. 

CHILDREN. 

574.— 1. Edwin Lord, born March 12, 1799. 

575 2. Calvin, born December 26, 1800, died in Richmond, in June, 1801. 

576.-3. William Leeds, born March 17, 1802. 

577 — 4. John, born November 15, 1803. 

578 5. Sally Ann, born Mav 13, 1806, died in Richmond in September, 1806. 

57«.— 6. Louisa, bora Augusi"l6, 1807, died in Richmond September 29, 1821. 

580 — 7. Ann Eliza, born March 16, 1811. 



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277. Jabez 6 Wight (Jabez 5 , Jabez*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , removed 
early in life to Cooperstown, N. Y., where he was drowned in 1798, aged 30 years. He is 
buried in the churchyard in Cooperstown. He was unmarried. 

278. Benjamin Wight (Jabez 5 , Jabez*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , removed 
early to Cooperstown, N. Y., where for many years he carried on cabinet making business. 
He was also a civil magistrate. He married about 1796 or 1797, at Cooperstown, Flora Bart- 
lett, of that place, where his children were born. Benjamin died at Syracuse, N. Y., aged 
56, September 18, 1825. His widow died at Borne, N. Y., aged 58, in October, 1837. 

CHILDREN. 

581.— 1. George, born March 27, 1798. 

582.-2. Delia Lord, born May , 1800, died unmarried in Hartwick, N. Y., April 1831. 

583. — 3. Ann Elizabeth, born June , 1802. 

584 — 4. Pamelia Lord, born 1804, died unmarried at Geneva, N. Y., May 1, 1834. 

585 5. Russell Benjamin, born August 13, 1807. 

586 — 6. Elijah Worthington, born February 7, 1810. 

587 7. Jabez, born January 17, 1817. 

279. Lxdia 6 Wight (Jabez 5 , Jabez*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 28, 1770, married 
at Freston, Conn., February 24, 1791, Lodowick Stanton Babcock, born at Westerly, B. I., 
February 18, 1767. The family removed to New Lebanon Springs, N. Y., where their chil- 
dren were born, and where he died August 28, 1828, and where she died March 4, I860. 

descendants. 

1. Hampton Champlin 7 Babcock (June 1, 1792— January 28, 1849) moved to Brantford, C. W. Had four daughters. 

2. Lydia 7 Babcock, born 1794, died June 2, 1794. 

8. Jabez Wight? Babcock (September 11, 1795— August 1, 1869), married a daughter of Joel Cook, captain in the 
Revolutionary war and war of 1812. Eight children, including : 

1. Joel Cook 8 Babcock, died in Canada. 

2. Harriet R. s Babcock, married Edmund H. Harrison, and lived in Pittsiield, Mass. They had two sons 

and one daughter. 
S. William Henry 8 Babcock of New Lebanon Springs. A daughter, Cornelia A. 9 Babcock, married, it is 
said, an Upton of the United States Signal Service. 

4. Frederick G. 8 Babcock, proprietor of the Hotel Brunswick, Albany, N. Y. 

5. Maria L. 8 Babcock, wife of Henry H. Richardson of Pittsfield, Mass. 
8. Kittie M.« Babcock, wife of William E. Kendall. 

4. Emily 7 Babcock (December 22, 1797— October 5, 1864), married at New Lebanon Springs, May 27, 1820, Rev. 

Gardner Hay den of Egremont, Mass., born at Blandford, Mass., September 9, 1789, Williams, 1818. He died at 
Easton, N. Y., January 9, 1864. Her four eldest children were born at Egremont. 

1. Joel Babcock 8 Hayden, born May 11, 1821, married at Brantford, March 6, 1854, Fannie Johnson Van 

Brockling of Brantford. Residence Hempstead, L. I. Their oldest child Philip Cady 9 Hayden, 
born 1854, is in the ministry. 

2. George Lodowick 8 Hayden, born November 22, 1823, married February 18, 1852, at Sand Lake, N. Y., 

Mary Jane Sliter of Sand Lake. He is a lumber broker in Milwaukee, Wis. 

3. Marv Emily 8 Hayden (August 6, 1827— October 24, 1866), married at Easton, N. Y., February 17, 1852 

Peter V. Wetzel of Stillwater, N. Y. 

4. Lydia Pernelia 8 Hayden (October 24, 1829 — January 5, 1881); married at Brunswick, N. Y., February 

24, 1848, Charles son of Dr. Ezekiel and Harriet (Bryan) Baker of Hart's Falls, N. Y. A daughter 
Hattie 9 Baker married Wilmer Fitch ol Hart's Falls, and another daughter Edith 9 , married a Bailey 
of Pittsburgh, N. Y. 

5. Helen Lucretia 8 Hayden, born at Sand Lake, N. Y., January 20, 1834, married at Easton, November 25, 

1863, Chauncey G. Kinney. Two children. 

6. Edwin Wight 8 Hayden, born at Brunswick December 21, 1835, married at Hart's Falls, September 28, 

1864, Cornelia E. Bryan. Three children 

7. Thomas Alfred 8 Hayden, born at Brunswick, June 16, 1840, married at Hempstead, September 20, 1877, 

Elizabeth Coles. No children. 

5. Lodowick Stanton 7 Babcock (November 18, 1799— January 28, 1849) ; removed after 1833 to Brantford. His 

daughter Mary 8 Babcock, married James Hotchkiss of Plainiield, N. J. 

6. George 7 Babcock (January 22, 1801 — November, 1857); removed to Brantford in 1833. Had a family. 

7. Lydia Esther 7 Babcock, born April 27, 1816, resides at Newtown, L. I.; married November 9, 1835, Alfred Mont- 

rose Wilder, born in Rindge, N. H., April 17, 1804, son of Colonel Josiah and Susan (Carleton) Wilder. 
(Locke's Book of the Lockes, 99). Alfred was in the book business in New York and Brooklyn, and was living 
in Newtown in 1887, one of the warmest friends of my work. 

1. Emma Carleton 8 Wilder, born in Brunswick, October 8, 1836, died in Brooklyn, January 11, 1837. 

2. Emma Carleton 8 Wilder, born in Brooklyn, August 28, 1838, married October 26, 1859, Rev. Thomas 

Lloyd Bonsall of Wales, a graduate of Oxford University, now of Monticello, Florida. 

1. Ella 9 Bonsall, born at Little Linstead, Suffolk, Eng., November 4, 1864, died November 12, 1864. 

2. Charles Montrose 9 Bonsall, born at Little Linstead, December 24, 1866. 

3. Carleton Lloyd 9 Bonsall, born at Newtown, L. I., September 30, 1868. 

4. Arthur Wilder 9 Bonsall, born at Newtown, January 2, 1872, died at New Lebanon Springs, 

August 26, 1873. 

5. Ida Helen 9 Bonsall, born at Newtown, June 15, 1875. 

6. Alfred Wilder 9 Bonsall, born- August 10, 1876. 

3. Ella Hampton 8 Wilder, born in Brooklyn, December 6, 1840. 

4. Alfred Montrose 8 Wilder, born May 19, 1844. 

281.' John Fitch 6 Wight (John 5 , Jabez*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , TJiomas 1 ), born May 19, 1761, 
married in 1786, Clarissa Allyn. John Fitch is said to have been a sea captain and ship owner 
but it is known that he removed to Bichmond, Va., was in business there with his cousin 
Hezekiah Lord 6 Wight (275), and died there of climatic fever September 7, 1793. His widow 
followed her sons into the wilderness of northwestern Fennsylvama and resided for a long 
period at Erie. She died in Girard, Erie County, Pa., December 25, 1851. 



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CHILDREN. 

588.— 1. Emilia, born in Norwich, October 27, 178S. 
589.-2. John Fitch, born November 2, 1790. 
590.— 3. Jabez, born August 12, 1792. 

Note. Clarissa Allyn was the fourth child of Ebenezer and Mary (Williams) Allyn of Groton, Conn., and 
was born September 26, 1767. Her parents were married Februarys, 1761, her father died in St. Pierre, Mar- 
tinique, in October 1771 : her mother died in Groton, December 19, 1795. Ebeuezer was doubtless one of the nine 
children of Robert Allyn who married Deborah Avery and died in 1780. Robert was son of John and Elizabeth 
(Gager) Allyn of Allyn" s Point, New London. John was son of Robert Allyn, of Salem, 1637, one of the original 
proprietors of Norwich (Caulkins' Norwich, 156). 

282. David 6 Wight (David z ', David 4 ", Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 13, 1746, I can- 
not trace. He is not mentioned in the settlement of his father's estate in 1752, yet on Decem- 
ber 10, 1752, Jonathan Day was appointed his guardian. 

283. John" Wight (David 5 , David*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , TJwmas 1 ), born November 17, 1748, 
was placed under guardianship to Jonathan Day in 1763. He married October 9, 1771, Mabel, 
born February 2, 1752, daughter of Thomas and Mary Merrifield of Dedham. Mabel died 
soon after the" birth of her second child, and John married February 16, 1775, Mary Clark 
(Clow, in Hill's Dedham Records, I, 199), of Medway. John's children were born in Dedham, 
thus indicating the family residence there at one time. The.deaths of John and of his wife 
Mary are not found in the Dedham records. 

CHILDREN. 

591.— 1. Sally, born March 6. 1772, nothing told. See Note. 

592.-2. David, born March 17, 1773. 

593 3. John, born January 26, 1776. 

594. — 4. Molly, born January 6, 1778, nothing told. 

594.a.5. Jemima, born . See Note. 

Note. As this sheet is going to press I learn that John 6 had a daughter Mima, that all these five children 
died in Providence, R. I., and that Sally and John have descendants living there. 

284. Esther 6 Wight (David 5 , David*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 21, 
1750, was placed under guardianship to Jonathan Day in 1763. She married in Dedham, 
October 11, 1769, Thomas Caryl, born in Hopkinton, Mass., April 18 (0. S.), 1740. He was 
son of Benjamin and grandson of Benjamin Caryl. Thomas moved to Chester, Vermont, 
where he was a farmer. He died July 24, 1816, and his widow died February 22, 1823— both 
in Chester. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Irena 7 Caryl, born July 22, 1770, died aged nearly 103, May 7, 1873. 

2. Lawson 7 Caryl, born July 31, 1772, was a carpenter in 1811, on board the Juno, Elisha Crocker, captain, when 

Moses Weutworth and William Mann were -'impressed'' by British men of war (See Lloyd s Letter of Impress- 
ments and Depositions, 69, in Report of Committee of House of Reps. Mass., 1813). Lawson himself was sub- 
sequently impressed aud put on board a prison ship. Later he went south and had a large contract to 
make levees on the Mississippi and was with a large force at work when he was attacked by yellow fever 
and died childless at New Orleans, September 5, 1822 (others say 1827). 

3. Rufus 7 Carvl, born April 9, 177-1, died October 21, 1839. These dates have been given me April 9, 1775— Sep- 

tember 16, 1844. He had a daughter Lydia 8 , who married an Adams. 

4. Leonella 7 Caryl, born May 10, 1776, died September 16, 1777. The death date is also given January 7, 1777. 

5. Hollis 7 Caryl,*born April 28, 1778, died on the homestead farm at Chester, January 7, 1844. No issue. 

6. Benjamin 7 Caryl, born March 23, 1780, had a son Benjamin 8 Caryl. 

7. Thomas 7 Caryl, born March 7, 1782, died in Chester, May 9, 1795. 

8. Esther 7 Carvl, born in Chester, December 29, 1783, died in Chester, April 26, 1816 ; married in Chester, October 

7, 1810, Josiah Jordan. Her only child was : 

1. Esther Parneiia 8 Jordan, born in Chester, July 26, 1814, was adopted by her aunt Clarissa 7 Caryl ; she 
married in Chester, September 5, 1839, Ira Blood of Andover, Vt., born in Hollis, N. H., December 
30, 1811, second son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Spalding) Blood of Hollis. Ira moved to Wisconsin in 
1836, helped to survey portions of the present sites of Milwaukee and Chicago and was several terms 
surveyor of Waukesha County, Wis., and was in 1859 a member of the Wisconsin Assembly. He 
died February 22, 1868; his widow resides at Mukwonago, Waukesha County, Wis. 

1. Isaac" Blood, born in Vernon, Waukesha County, Wis., April 22, 184 1", a farmer there, married 

at Ogdensburg, N. Y., October 14, 1873, Clarissa Jane" Stevens, below. 

1. Frances Abigail 10 Blood, born August 23, 1874. 

2. Edwin J. 10 Blood, born September 23, 1875. 

3. Lorena Odelia 1 " Blood, born October 26, 1879. 

4. Isaac 10 Blood, born June 3, 1887. 

2. Josiah Jordan" Blood, June 20, 1842— July 3, 1842. 

3. Edwin James 9 Blood, born November 30, 1843, enlisted at Boston in the XT. S. navy and was in 

the service in 1864, and until honorably discharged. He married July 24, 1879, Mrs. Lydia 
N. Crocker, of Chicago, where he resides, a student in mechanics and invention. 

4. Charles Caryl" Blood, April 2, 1846— May 7, 1846. 

5. Elizabeth Clara" Blood, born February 11, 1848, married March 11, 1873, William Andrus Gault, 

son of Thomas and Mary (Peacock) Gault. They reside at Maple Hill Stock Farm, Vernon. 

1. William Ira 10 Gault, born Januarv 2, 1876. 

2. Leland Carvl 1 " Gault, born July 16, 1877. 

3. Kov Edwin 10 Gault, born May 28, 1879. 

6. Rosanna Field" Blood, born June 6, 1851, married July 16, 1872, Albert David 8 Hager, below. 

7. Abigail Emmie" Blood, December 2, 1852— December 27, 1864. 

8. Susan Ellathea" Blood, February 19, 1859— March 8, 1860. 

9. Fanny 7 Caryl, born March 8, 1786, died in Chester September 26, 1789. 



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10. Hannah 7 Caryl, born February 2, 1788, died in Chester July 27, 1871 ; married January 15, 1817, Captain David 

Hager, born in Barre, Mass., May 5, 1785. 

1. Albert David 8 Hager, born in Chester November 1, 1817, worked at the carpenter's trade until he was 

21, and went to Kentucky in April, 1839, where he taught school for five years. In 1856 he was 
appointed assistant state naturalist of Vermont ; in 1857 assistant state geologist, and subsequently 
by legislative enactment was made state geologist of Vermont. In 1861 he published in two quartos 
the geology of Vermont, and was curator of the state cabinets of Vermont, from June 1857, until his 
resignation in 1870, to assume the position of state geologist of Missouri, which he soon resigned. In 
1878 he became superintendent of the Washiugtonian Home, Chicago, for the reformation of inebriates. 
In 1877 he began to build up the Chicago Historical Society, of which be was long secretary and 
librarian. He married Julia A. Wheeler, who died childless. He then married July 16, 1872, 
Rosanna Field 9 Blood, above. He resided at 463 South Leavitt St., Chicago, where he died July 29, 
1888, from an accidental overdose of morphine. For his life, in extenso, see Chicago Herald, July 30, 
1888. He received the degree of Master of Arts from Amherst, in 1869, and in 1872 was elected a mem- 
ber of the Imperial Geological College of Vienna. 

1. Albert Field" Hager, April 28, 1873— April 29, 1873. 

2. Albert Ralph 9 Hager, born March 9, 1874. 

2. George Caryl 8 Hager, born May 2, 1819, died in Greenup, Kentucky, February 1, 1884. 

3. Hannah 8 Hager, born in Chester July 24, 1832, was many years a school teacher, and was chosen super- 

intendent of the Public Schools of Chester at the first election after women were made eligible to 

that office. She married in Chester February 26, 1862, Robert Finlay Gowing, who is proprietor of a 

cheese factory at North Charlestown, N. H. Robert was born in Rockingham, Vt., February 28. 1882. 

1. Clara Elizabeth 9 Gowing, born in Rockingham, April 3. 1865, is a teacher in Springfield, Vt. 

11. George" Caryl, born December 3, 1789, was killed by a ball from a British cannon at Fort George, Canada, 

August 14, 1813. 

12. Amasa 7 Caryl, born January 3, 1792, died September 17, 1834. 

13. Clarissa 7 Caryl, born May 13, 1794, died October 24, 1872 ; married February 9, 1818, Thaddeus Drake Post, who 

was born February 22, 1792, and died September 22, 1834. Clarissa married August 17, 1854, Lot Crawford, 
who died June 16, 1874. They lived at Louisville, St. Lawrence Co., N. Y. 

1. Joseph Drake 8 Park, February 9, 1820— June 12, 1833. 

2. Abigail Wight 8 Park, born February 16, 1822, married February 16, 1842, Joseph Henry Stevens, born 

February 28, 1821. The family has lived since about 1861 on a farm near Ogdensburg, N. Y., where 
the husband still lives. Abigail died of cancer February 3, 1881. 

1. Thaddeus Franklin 9 Stevens, born April 11, 1843, died of consumption October 4, 1868. 

2. Clarissa Jane 9 Stevens, born July 15, 1844, married October 14, 1873, Isaac 9 Blood, above. 

3. Catherine Esther 9 Stevens, born August 15, 1846, married August 15, 1866, Cornelius Davis. 

Children : Sherman 1 ", Walter 10 , Rose 10 , Clark 10 and Luke 10 Davis. 

4. Hannah Louisa 9 Stevens, born January 11, 1849, lives at Ogdensburg, N. Y. 

5. Edward Joseph 9 Stevens, November 19, 1853— June 16, 1*54. 

6. Joseph Edward 9 Stevens, born December 24, 1855, married December 10, 1878, Estella Lyon. 

1. Guy Ellsworth 10 Stevens, born October 26, 1879. 

2. Frank Roy 10 Stevens, born December 14, 1883. 

3. Clarence 10 Stevens, born October 1, 1887. 

3. Fanny Carvl 8 Park, born October 28, 1823, married Nathaniel Smith. 
• 4. Hannah Hager 8 Park, November 24, 1830— February 15, 1854. 

14. Moses 7 Caryl, born February 20, 1796, died in Chester May 24, 1796. 

285. Daniel" Wight (Daniel 5 , Daniel 41 , Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 26, 
1780, removed to Maine and resided at Newry. He married there May 1, 1809, Alice Ripley. 
He enlisted in January, 1813, for one year in Captain Hall's Company of Col. McCobb's vol- 
unteer regiment and was discharged at Burlington, Vermont. He was a man of integrity 
and had a liberal education for his time and residence. He taught school, was a prominent 
man in town affairs and was selectman for a term of years. By occupation he was a mill- 
wright. He died September 27, 1823. His widow lived afterwards in Newry and died aged 
84, December 23, 1864. All the children are believed to have been born in Newry. 

CHILDREN. 

595.— 1. Levi Lincoln, born August 26, 1809. 

596 2. Charles, born March 20, 1811. 

597.-3. Caroline, born April 16, 1812. 

598 — 4. Olive, born July 27, 1813, died August 25, 1813. 

599 — 5. Daniel Paine, born August 10, 1814. 

600 — 6. Aaron, born May 9, 1816. 

601.— 7. Joseph Ripley, born September 25, 1817. 

603 8. James Monroe, born July 5, 1819. 

286. Nathaniel 6 Wight {Daniel 5 , Daniel 4 -, Daniel?, Henry' 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 17, 1782, 
moved to Maine. He married November 1, 1801, Sarah Harding or Harden. Much of his 
history is involved in obscurity. He spent a portion of his married life in Danville, Me., 
and was living in Portland when peace was declared in 1815. Not far from three years after 
the birth of her youngest child Nathaniel's wife died and he married Martha Coffin of Giiead, 
Me. Later in life he emigrated westward, passing eventually from New York to Iowa. His 
daughter Mary (606) believes that her father died in Clayton County, Iowa. He was much 
of a rover, was not long contented with any place, but was anxious to roam and see the 
world. All his children except Thomas and Mary moved West about 1837. 

children. 

Hannah, born January 12, 1802. 

William, born April 27, 1806. 

Thomas Harden, born March 3, 1808. 

Mary Lyon, born in Danville April 12, 1810. 

Daniel, born October 15, 1812, died a grown man, unmarried, perhaps in New York 

state. 
Ann Mills, born September 11, 1815. 

Nathaniel, born February 9, 1817, died a grown man, unmarried, perhaps in New 
York state. 
610.— 8. Sarah, bom August 18, 1822, died young. 

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2S7. Hannah Wight (Daniel 5 , Daniel*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 15, 
1783, married June 2, 1803, John Hibberd, who was born in Methuen, Mass. This name is 
also spelled Hebberd and Hebbard, the last being the spelling used by the oldest son 
Alonzo. The family lived for the most part at Newry, Me. Hannah died May 15, 1832 ; John 
died aged 89, September 21, 1863. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1 . Alonzo 7 Hibberd, born February 18, 18C4, married in Newry, July 21, 1825, Phoebe Rowe. He lives (1887), at 

Tiskilwa, Bureau Co., 111. 

2. Hannah" Hibberd, born January 11, 1808, married as his second wife. July 5, 1845, Edwin Grover Coffin, who 

died aged 61 years, 8 months, February 17, 1873. Hannah is (1887) living. The family home is at Millbury, 
Mass. 

1. John Alden 8 Coffin, born February 15, 1846. 

3. Anna 7 Hibberd, born January 11, 1808, married in 1835, Samuel Pingree. 

4. Mary 7 Hibberd (March 12 (or 19) 1810— January 25, 1845), married September 14, 1835, Edwin Grover Coffin, see 

above under Hannah. 

1. Edwin Alcanzors Coffin, born March 22, 1836. 

2. Marv Erneline 8 Coffin, born December 22, 1838. 

3. Fidelia O'Brion 8 Coffin, May 22, 1840— February 21, 1845. 

4. Jason Lee 8 Coffin, born June 30, 1842. 

5. Hannah Fidelia 8 Coffin, January 25. 1845— August 12, 1848. 

5. John Alden 7 Hibberd, born June 28, 1812, lived at Horseheads, N. Y., and is dead. Wife Sarah Rundal. 

6. Emeline 7 Hibberd, July 14, 1814— May 17, 1832. 

7. Arabella 7 Hibberd, born December 28, 1818. 

8. Susan 7 Hibberd, born Januarv 21. 1821, married September 3, 1851, William Wheaton. Residence Pawtucket, 

R. I. 

1. Mary Anna 8 Wheaton, born July 22, 1852. 

2. Mora E. 8 Wheaton, born September 17, 1855. 

3. Joseph A. 8 Wheaton, born November 2, 1857. 

4. William E. s Wheaton, born December 6, 1861. 

9. Lucv Ann 7 Hibberd, born August 27, 1823, married June 10, 1852, Silas G. Wheeler. Residence Pawtucket, R. I. 

1. Vesta L.s AVheeler, born May 17, 18f>3. 

2. Silas Alonzo 8 Wheeler, born February 17, 1855. 

3. Lizzie E. 8 Wheeler, born September 8, 1857. 

4. Emma A. 8 Wheeler, born February 11, 1861. 

5. Climena G. 8 Wheeler, born February 14, 1863. 

6. John A. 8 Wheeler, born January 13, 1868. 

7. Fred Irving 8 W'heeler, born June 18, 1871. 

288. Anna Wight (Daniel 5 , Daniel*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 23, 1784, 
married February 11, 1812, Isaac Stearns, born near Boston January 12, 1783, brother of 
Josiah Stearns (460). Correct Bond's Watertown, 515. Isaac and Anna resided first in 
Bethel, Me., then in Milan, N. H., and in 1835 removed to Catlin, Chemung County, N. Y. 
Anna died in Catlin, September 29, 1837. Isaac remarried and in the spring of 1844, 
removed to Bristol, Kendall County, 111., where he died in August, 1845. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Daniel 7 Stearns, born in Bethel September 5, 1812, became a civil engineer, went to Arkansas and died there. 

2. Anna 7 Stearns, born in Bethel August 6, 1814, died in Milan in 1830. 

2. Isaac 7 Stearns, born in Bethel November 12, 1816, went by sea to California in 1849; died in Humboldt County 
Nevada, in the spring of 1876. 

4. Dorcas 7 Stearns, born in Bethel December 18, 1818, died there aged three years. 

5. John 7 Stearns, born in Milan, October 16,' 1823, went by land to California in 1849 ; was last known of in Ari- 

zona, but is believed to be dead. 

6. Mary Mower 7 Stearns, born in Milan January 18, 1826, married December 25, 1847, in Catlin, Joseph Hoyt 

Price, and has since resided there. Joseph, born in Orange County, N. Y., October 3, 1823, is a son of James 
Brown and Eliza (Hoyt) Price. He was in the war from December 28, 1861, to July 19, 1865, and was wounded 
at Piedmont June 5, 1864. He has been postmaster at Catlin. 

1. Anna Eliza 8 Price, January 23, 1849— October 2, 1850. 

2. Philena More 8 Price, born December 6, 1850, resides with her parents. 

3. James Brown 8 Price, born September 23, 1853, married in Catlin December 24, 1876, Mattie M. Wilcox, 

of Catlin. He is a carpenter in Minneapolis, Minn. 

1. Emma May Price, born in Minneapolis January 25, 1885. 

4. Emma Harriet 8 Price, August 13, 1855— September 18, 1865. 

5. Edward 8 Price, born June 27, 1867, is a carpenter at Tacoma. W. T. 

7. Harriet Atwood 7 Stearns, born in Milan June 20, 1828, died in Bristol in the summer of 1845. 

290. Philip 6 Wight (Daniel 5 , Daniel*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born about 1792, moved 
with his father from New Hampshire to Maine about 1798. When about of age he married 
Dorcas Hibbard, said to be of Salem, Mass. He was converted at 22 and joined the Metho- 
dists. After two years he began to preach, and a few years after he joined the Freewill 
Baptist Church. He built up a church of this denomination at Milan, 1ST. H., where he per- 
manently settled. In 1836 he and his family moved to New York, settling in the southern 
central portion of the state. For several years he devoted most of his time to itinerant 
preaching, especially in Northern Pennsylvania. At length driven by family necessities he 
remained at his farm, preaching only on Sunday. He was one of the first to espouse the tem- 
perance cause and was a strong advocate of all of the reforms of the day. He died at Hornby, 
Steuben County, N. Y., in his 61st year, March 11, 1853, after a protracted illness. His wife, 
who had for 13* years before her death lived with her oldest son in Catlin, Chemung County, 
N. Y., died April 2, 1869. She and her husband are buried at Beaver Dams Cemetery, 
Schuyler County, N. Y. 



Sixth Generation. 



CHILDREN. 

611. — 1. Philip Mills, born in Newry. Me., November 1, 1814. 

612 2. George Frost, born in Bethel, Me., August 8, 1816. 

613.— 3. Rhoda, born in Bethel, August 16, 1818. 

614 4. Dorcas, born in Newry, July 16, 1820. 

615 5. Triphena, born in Bethel 

616.— 6. Nathan, born in Milan, N. H., September 13, 1824. 

617. — 7. Hannah, born in Milan, , died in Milan of croup when less than two 

years old. 

618 S. Pettengill Dudley, born in Milan May 7, 1829. 

619 9. Anna Stearns, born in Milan February 20, 1832. 

291. Aaron Wight (Daniel 5 , Daniel*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 30, 1794, 
enlisted in April 1813, at Bethel, Me., in Captain Hall's Company, Fourth U. S. Infantry in the 
war of 1812, and was discharged in December, 1813, at Burlington, Vt. During this period 
he was stationed at Swanton, Champlain and Burlington, Vermont, at Chateaugay, N. Y., 
and on the Canada frontier. He settled at Milan, JN. H., where May 5, 1827, he married 
Rebecca Carlton of Shelburne, Coos County, N. H., the ceremony being performed by Aaron's 
brother Philip (290). Aaron removed toDummer, N. H., where he was a farmer, and where he 
died April 22, 1876, and where his widow died, aged 79, December 10, 1880. 

CHILDREN. 

630 1. Rebecca Carlton, born April 1. 1829. 

631.— 2. Isaac Carlton, born December 8, 1830. 

633.-3. Sarah, born November 30, 1831. 

633. — 4. Almira, born in Dummer April 8, 1834. 

634. — 5. Hannah, born , died unmarried, aged 29 years, March 9, 1865. 

635.-6. Mary Eliza, born , died unmarried, aged 23, 5, 9, February 4, 1S63. 

626 7. Clarinda Merrill, born , died aged 3, 8, 28, September 20, 1845. 

292. Thomas" Wight (Daniel 5 , Daniel*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 1799, 
attended lectures at the medical school of Maine at Brunswick in 1828 and 1830, graduating 
there in 1830. He had also studied medicine with Dr. John Grover at Bethel, Me., and 
began to practice in Lunenburgh, Vermont. In 1831 he married Caroline Paine or Payne of 
Newry, and he died aged 33, February 15, 1832. 

child. 
637.— 1. Thomas, born , died aged 4 years, August 13, 1836. 

293. John Wight (John 5 , John*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 1757, 
" John the chairmaker," enlisted from Marblehead in the war of Independence, and, his 
widow says,, was present at Bunker Hill. John White appears as a Revolutionary soldier in 
Roads' Marblehead, 395, 396. On April 10, 1780, while living in Andover, Mass., he married 
there Hannah Parker of that place. In January, 1781, he entered the patriot service as a 

grivate and was promoted to be sergeant major in Captain Burbank's company in Colonel 
rane's regiment of artillery. He was in several battles and was discharged at West Point. 
Soon after the close of the war he removed to Penobscot. His wife died March 1, 1794 — the 
mother of the first four children named below. John married in Penobscot October 29, 1795, 
Olive Wescott, born in 1773, of whom were nine children. In July, 1820, his family con- 
sisted, besides his wife, of his daughters Abigail, Nancy aged 13, and Polly aged 11, his son 
John aged 18, and his sister's child Sally aged 13 — this last not yet identified. About 1820 he 
became insane. He died at Blue Hill near Penobscot in May, 1837. His widow resided in 
1838 in Salisbury, Mass., in 1842 at Sedgwick, Me., in 1849 at Blue Hill, Me., and in 1856 at 
Orland, Me. The children following may not all be arranged in order of birth: 

CHILDREN. 

638 —1. John, born in Andover, December 29, 1780, died young. 

639 2. Hannah, born July 7, 1783. 

630 3. Nathan Bowen, born 

631. — 4. Jonathan, boru 

633.-5. Abigail Bowen, born in Penobscot, August S, 1796. 

633.-6. Sarah, born in Penobscot, January 2, 1800. 

634 7. John, born about 1802. 

635.-8. Samuel, born 
636.-9. William, born 

637 10. Nancy, born about 1807. 

638 11. Polly, born about 1809. 

639 12. Olive, born 

640.— 13. David Chandler, born in Blue Hill, July 14, 1815. 

294. Mary Wight (John 5 , John*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , married 
in Andover, Mass., April 18, 1780, Spoft'ord Ames, born in Andover, March 23, 1751-2, son of 
Samuel and Elizabeth Ames of Andover. The following children were born in Andover: 
Mary 7 Ames, born November 19,1782; Nathan 7 Ames, born February 11, 1785; Stephen 7 Ames, 
born April 14, 1787; John 7 Ames, born April 8, 1792; Frederick 7 Ames, born August 12, 1800. 



84 The Wights. 



295. Daniel Wight (John*, John*, Daniel*, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 1761, lived 
in what is now called South Penobscot near the Southern bay until about 1795, when he took 
land near the Blue Hill line and built him a farm house preparatory to marriage. A few 
days before that event the house was burned, presumably by an incendiary who cov- 
eted the site. Near the ruins Daniel erected a temporary cabin and in March, 1796, married 
Abigail Perkins. He quickly completed a permanent home upon the old site which the 
family occupied until 1837, when it was again burned. In the loss of family records which 
then occurred the entire Wight family to this day is a loser. The same spot was again built 
upon by Daniel's oldest son, and the house stood until it was the third time consumed in 
November, 1886, never again to be rebuilt. Daniel died October 31, 1818; his widow died 
November 13, 1840. In Penobscot were born all their 

CHILDREN. 

641.— 1. Daniel, born September 20, 1797. 

642.-2. Thomas, boru February 20, 1799. 

643.-3. Sally, born December 9, 1800. 

644. — 4. Giles, born January 28, 1803. 

645.-5. Ambrose, born November 28, 1804. 

646 — 6. Edward, born September 28, 1806. 

647.-7. Betsey, born October 25, 1808. 

648.-8. Peletiah, born February 25, 1811. 

649.-9. Nancy, born , died aged 2J^ years. 

Note. Abigail Perkins was daughter of Daniel and Abigail Perkins, who settled in Penobscot from Old 
York, Me., in 1779. This is probably the Daniel Perkins born 1754, who married Abigail Penny. (Wheeler's 
Castine, 206). Daniel was, I conjecture, a descendant of Jacob Perkins of Old York, some of whose sons removed 
to Castine and Penobscot. (Upham's Upham Family, 53). 

296. Sarah Wight (John 5 , John*, Daniel 8 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , mar- 
ried at Marblehead, January 11, 1785, Captain Nathan Bowen Martin, a prominent citizen of 
Marblehead and a delegate in 1820 to a convention held in Boston to revise the constitution 
of the state. (Roads' Marblehead, 257). The children below mentioned were baptized in the 
First Congregational Church, Marblehead. Sarah died November 15, 1800. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Nathan Bowen 7 Martin, baptized September 9, 1787. 

2. Elizabeth 7 Martin, baptized August 22, 1790, died young. 

3. Elizabeth 7 Martin, born 1793, was mother of Sally Martin* Evans, living (1886) in Marblehead. 

297. Abigail" Wight (John 5 , John*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , mar- 
ried at Marblehead, May 18, 1786, Captain William Pousland. Abigail joined the First Con- 
gregational Church, Marblehead, August 6, 1786. In this church her children were baptized. 
Of this Pousland family I know but little. Some William Pousland of Marblehead was 
impressed into the British naval service in the war of 1812. (Roads' Marblehead, 243). For 
other references to this family see Roads' Marblehead, 26, 396. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Abigail Wight 7 Pousland, baptized February 8, 1789, died young. 

2. John Wight 7 Pousland, baptized June 12, 1791. 

3. Abigail Wight 7 Pousland, baptized January 20, 1793, perhaps married a Stone and had two sons, one of whom 

Joseph W.s Stone, lives (1886) in Marblehead. 

4. William 7 Pousland. 

299. Nancy Wight (John 5 , John*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born February 6, 1768, 
married December 11, 1788, Samuel Osgood Frye, born May 26, 1765, of Andover, Mass., son 
of Lieut. John and Hannah (Dolliver) Frye. Lieut. John had command of his company at 
Bunker Hill upon the death of Captain Farnum. For Lieut. Frye's ancestry through his 
father Samuel Frye see Register, VIII, 226. Samuel Osgood Frye was a farmer and was killed by 
a fall from his ox wagon August 27, 1802. His widow married Timothy Bailey, an octogenarian, 
and died February 13, 1834. Her children were born in Andover. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Nancy 7 Frye, born February 6, 1789, died in Boston, Mass., May 17, 1870 ; married in Andover January 24. 
1813, John Blanchard, a. joiner of Boston, son of Samuel, Jr. and Lucy (Ballard) Blanchard. John was born 
in Andover March 17, 1787, and died in Boston November 16, 1844. 

1. Charles Frederic 8 Blanchard, August 15, 1813— February 27, 1822. 

2. Samuel Henry 8 Blanchard, born December 29, 1814, married January 1, 1838, Mary Ann Howells. 

Samuel went South and was never heard from. His one child Lucy Maria" Blanchard, lived in San 
Francisco. She was twice married and had several children. 

3. Nancy Wight 8 Blanchard, born in Boston February 1, 1816, married December 30, 1841, John S. Farlow 

of Boston, born January 12, 1817. 

1. William Gilson 9 Farlow, born December 17, 1844, unmarried, professor of cryptogamic botany, 

Harvard University. 

2. Mary Frances 9 Karlow, born December 2, 1846, married June 26, 1867, George Linder, son of 

George, and Matilda (Smallwood) Linder. Residence Newton, Mass. They have George 10 , born 
1868 ; John Farlow 10 , born 1870 ; Mary Blanchard 10 born 1871 ; Alfred Hosmer 10 and Ethel 
Bigelow 10 Linder. 

3. Charles Frederic 11 Farlow, born September 29, 1848, married September 26, 1877, Mary Chapin 

Lambert, widow of Edward W. Lambert of Newton, daughter of Frederick H. and Martha A. 
Harris of Springfield, Mass. I owe an especial obligation to this Mr. Farlow, who at my re- 
quest and at his expense, made mucb investigation in England, and especially on the Isle of 
Wight, in my behalf. Whatever good result this book shows iu the tracing of our English 
ancestry, is mainly due to influences which he set in motion. — Residence, Newton. 



Sixth Generation. 85 



i. Annie Matilda" Farlow, born , lived 10 mouths. 

5. John Woodford 9 Farlow, bora August 28, 1853, a physician in Boston, married September 21, 

1877, Annie Hardon Burr, daughter of Isaac S. and Ann Frances Burr of Newton. Children 
Margaret 1 " Farlow, born August, 1880, and John 1 " Farlow, born September. 1882. 

6. George Arthur" Farlow, born November 7, 1855, a banker in Boston. Unmarried. 

4. Maria Bates 8 Blanchard, born October 16, 1817, married January 18, 1844, Isaac H. Currier of Sterling, 

born September 19, 1814. She lives in Fitchburg. 

1. Fannie M. B Currier, married Herbert Goodrich of Fitchburg, who died 1886, leaving five 
daughters, one of whom has since died. 

5. Lucy Ballard** Blanchard, born April 19, 1819, married June 27, 1849, James C. Johnson of Winchester. 

They had one child who died an infant. 

6. Charlotte Frances 8 Blanchard, born November 26, 1820, lives unmarried in Newton. 

7. Hannah Matilda 8 Blanchard, born April 14, 1828, unmarried, lives in Roxbury. 

8. John Quincy Adams 8 Blanchard, born May 4, 1825, married Sarah Gray and Mrs. Sarah Frazer. Of 

the first marriage was a child who died an infant. 

9. Mary 8 Blanchard, November 18, 1826— September 4. 1829. 
lO.Manha Ann 8 Blanchard, August 25, 1828— August 22, 1830. 

2. Hannah 7 Frye, born October 4, 1792, died in Andover October 7, 1847, married Nathan Jones of Andover. 

1. Nathan Frye 8 Jones, unmarried. 

2. Hannah Burt 8 Jones married Gilbert Barnard of Andover and has a son Frank" Barnard. 

3. Elizabeth Wight 8 Jones, married Andrew Jackson Hill of Boston. 

1. Sarah Elizabeth" Hill, married a Simonds. 

2. George" Hill, married, 

3. Louisa 9 Hill, married. Children. 

4. Nancy Maria 8 Jones married John Griffin of Andover. No children. She married again a widower 

named Tyler, and has children. 

3. Samuel 7 Frye, born January 14, 1797, lived in Charlestown, Boston and New York. He married Hannah Brown 

of Maine. Both died in New York. 

1. Hamilton 8 Frye of New York. 

2. Jackson 8 Frye, 

3. Samuel 8 Frye of New York. Has children. 

300. Edward" Wight (John 5 , John 4 -, Daniel*, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 1774, 

settled when young in South Penobscot, if indeed he was not born in that neighborhood. 
He married about October, 1794, Hannah Perkins, who is said to have been born in Penob- 
scot in 1778. Their children were born in Penobscot. Later in life they moved to Belfast, Me., 
where both died, Edward May 26, 1840, and his widow May 15, 1853. The Belfast City Press 
of November 8, 1887, states that Joseph Wight (653) was a son of "Deacon Edward Wight 
who was one of the builders in 1837 of the Baptist church edifice in this city." Edward was 
one of the original members, in 1820, of the First Baptist church, Belfast. (Williamson's 
Belfast, 295). 

CHILDREN. 

650 — 1. Nathan, born July 14 1795. 
651 .—2. Edward, born July 22, 1797. 
653.-3. Abigail, born 
653 — 4. Joseph, born April 1, 1801. 

654 5. Joanna, born March 20, 1803. 

655 — 6. Hannah, born January 1, 1805. 

656 7. Haskel, born November 3, 1807, died in Belfast November 12, 1843. 

657.-8. John, born August 25, 1809. 

658 9. Samuel, born October 3, 1811. 

659.— 10. Lucy, born November 2, 1814, died in 1816. 

660.— 11. Lucy, born April 30, 1819, died in Belfast June 12, 1824. 

302. Joseph Wight (Joseph 5 , Jonathan*-, Jonallian 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born August 10, 
1758, volunteered at Wrentham about May 1, 1775, with Captain Oliver Pond in Colonel 
Joseph Read's regiment for eight months. He was continued in the service by successive 
re-enlistments until November, 1779, when he was taken prisoner and kept in confinement 
at New York until November, 1780. Being then exchanged he re-enlisted and was dis- 
charged as a corporal after four years service. He was present, it is stated, at the battle of 
Bunker Hill and at the surrender of Burgoyne. I am also informed that Joseph Wight was 
an assistant surgeon on shipboard at some period during the war where he learned to per- 
form simple surgical operations. During his later life he was a practicing physician of the 
herbalist school, and is distinguished by his descendants as Dr. Joseph. He married in 
Wrentham, August 4, 1783, Olive Mann of that place who was born in Worcester, January 17, 
1764. The next year the couple removed to Otisfield, and lived for a time north of Dr. 
Joseph's father on the road leading to Holden's Mills. In 1799 Dr. Joseph resided in Ray- 
mond where he died November 27, 1846. His widow died in Casco (formerly Raymond), 
April 28, 1867, aged more than 103 years. 

CHILDREN. 

661 1. Virgil, born in Otisfield February 10, 1785. < 

662.-2. Abigail Farrington, born in Otisfield April 16, 1787. 

663.-3. Horatio, born in Otisfield April 1, 1789. 

664.-4. Roxy, born in Otisfield July 31, 1791. died unmarried in Casco July 21, 1866. 

665.-5. Calista, born in Otisfield October 26, 1794. 

666 — 6. Barclay, born in Otisfield September 15, 1796. 

667 — 7. Nelson, born January 11, 1799. 

668 — 8. Patience, born June 14, 1801 (others say June 2, 1802). 

669.-9. Marcus, born in Raymond February 15, 1804. 

670.— 10. Joseph, born in Raymond August 8, 1806. 

671 — 11. Kaphira, born January 21, 1809. 



86 The Wights. 



Note 1. Otisrield was settled in 1775, at Edes' Falls, which was about eight miles south of the Wights. The 
town was large, and Caseo, Raymond, Naples aud Sebago have at different times been carved out of it. 
Note 2. Signature of Dr. Joseph Wight taken from his father's account book : 




303, Benjamin Wight (Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 ', Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 
20, 1764, removed at first to Windham, Me., where he resided" in 1782-3. In the summers 
of those years he cleared land at Otisfield and in the winters taught school at Cape Elizabeth, 
near Portland. He then took up his residence as a farmer in Otisfield, living on the same 
lot with his father. He married in Otisfield, March 27, 1788, Betty Hancock, born in Wren- 
tham, October 29, 1770, daughter of Lieutenant Joseph and Jerusha (Whiting) Hancock, and 
sister of Abigail Hancock (307). Benjamin was selectman of Otisfield during the years 1804-7, 
was town treasurer 1809-10, was for many years justice of the peace and he held other town 
offices. He was one of the committee to draft resolutions upon the state of the country 
appointed at a town meeting held in September, 1812. He died February 10, 1853; his widow 
died October 10, 1854 — both in Otisfield. There also were born their 

CHILDREN. 

672 1. Betty, born June 30, 1788. 

673 — 2. Eleanor, born June 21, 1790, died May 11, 1802 

674.-3. Ursula, born August 19, 1792. 

675 — 4. Jerusha Hancock, born September 15, 1794, 

676 — 5. Eunice, born September 1, 1797, died November 28, 1803. 

677 6. Polly, born July 1, 1800, died February 23, 1801. 

678 — 7. Sally, born December 8, 1801. 

679.-8. Benjamin, born February 2, 1804, died August 1, 1804. 

680.— 9. Benjamin Franklin, born September 27, 1806. 

681 — 10. Dolly Ann, born April 10, 1810. 

682.— 11. Jane, born September 10, 1813. 

Note 1. Signature of Benjamin Wight from his father's account book : 



/3<^y "//^X<^ 



Note 2. Jerusha Whiting, born April 6, 1742, in Wrentham, was daughter of Eliphalet and Abigail Whiting 
and descendant of John Whiting, born July 19, 1665. (62, Note 2.) 

304. Abigail Wight {Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 ", Jonathan* , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 31, 
1767, married at Otisfield, Me., October 5, 1789, Enoch, son of Joseph and Miriam (Lyon) 
Spurr of Otisfield, formerly of Roxbury, Mass. Enoch was born January 28, 1761, was a sol- 
dier in the Revolutionary war, moved to Otisfield in September, 1779, four years after its first 
settlement, and was one of its pioneers, residing at Spurr's Corner. He was a manufacturer 
of wool and flax wheels in Otisfield, where all their children were born. Enoch died May 
2, 1843. The date of Abigail's death does not appear. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Martha Druce 7 Spurr (September 12, 1790— March 27, 1831), married in November, 1823, James Cheever of 

Wrentham. 

1. Sophronia Spurr 8 Cheever, boru February 23, 1825. ' 

2. James Lyman 8 Cheever, born December 26, 1827. 

3. John Shepherd 8 Cheever, born September 12, 1829. 

2. Roxana 7 Spurr (February 29, 1792— February 10, 1863), married Edward Stanley of Sanford, Me., brother of 

Benjamin Stanley (1629). Roxana had Samuel Spurr 8 , Mary 8 , Edward Fayson 8 , and live others deceased. 

3. Abigail Ware 7 Spurr (March 5, 1794— February 20, 1871) married, 1824, George Washington Longley. They 

lived in Raymond, Me., and had Silas Blake 8 , who died in 1866, Sophia Brown 8 and Luther 8 Longley. 

4. Ann 7 Spurr (March 5, 1794— December 28, 1873); married Abel Longley of Waterford, Me., and had Mary Fran- 

ces 8 Longley. 

5. Margaret Trowbridge 7 Spurr (July 15, 1796— May 9, 187C), married James 7 Wight (683). 

6. Lydia 7 Spurr (August 14. 1798— November 25, 1870), married Lewis Jewel of Waterford. 

7. Mary 7 Spurr, born August 15, 1800, lives (1885) in Harrison, Me. 

8. Enoch 7 Spurr, born August 6, 1802, is living in 1886. Married Lavina Gammon of Hartford, Me., and had 

among others Henry 8 , Samuel 8 and Sumner 8 Spurr. 

9. Betsey 7 Spurr. born December 27, 1804, living in January, 1887. Married Samuel Scribner of Harrison, Me. 

Two sons and one daughter are living and two daughters dead. Family live at Lewiston, Me. 
lO.Sophronia 7 Spurr, born February 4, 1807, living in 1885, married L. Lewis Perley of Harrison, Me., and had 
William Sumner 8 and Catharine Fowler 8 Perley. 

305. James Wight (Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 ", Jonathan*, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 21, 
1769, married at Holliston, Mass., November 25, 1793, Irene Claflin of Holliston. She was 
born there in 1768, and died there November 28, 1840. James was a farmer and blacksmith. 
" He was an active and useful citizen, long leader of the choir in Holliston." (Morse's Sher- 
born and Holliston, 260). He died in LVacut, Mass., October 12, 1853. His children were all 
born in Holliston. 



Sixth Generation. 87 



CHILDREN. 

683 1. James, born May 16, 1792. 

684 2. Joseph Warren, born August 13, 1794. 

685 3. Milton, bom February 9, 1801, died February 19, 1801. 

686 4. Milton, born May 19, 1802, died November 5, 1817. 

687 5. William, born February 29, 1808. 

306. Thomas Wight (Joseph 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan?, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born August 19, 
1771, resided in Otisfield, at Wight's corner, a third of a mile north of his father. He married 
February 9, 1797, Hannah Knight, born in September, 1774, daughter of Mark and Margaret 
(Johnson) Knight of Falmouth, Me. His children, all born in Otisfield, inherited in varying 
but less pronounced degrees, those eccentric habits which rendered their father a marked 
man in his day and neighborhood. He was a mason, farmer and teacher — carrying on the 
latter occupation in Otisfield until he was much over fifty. He was a bright, keen, well- 
informed man, quaint in his methods of discipline, odd in his manuer of attack and defense, 
but universally respected for those sterling traits of character, which shone through the 
eccentricities of his daily life. He died December 11,1860; his widow died December 12, 
1861— both in Otisfield. 

children. 

688.— 1. Margaret Johnson, born Julv 21. 1798. 

689 2. Joseph Warren, born May 11, 1800. 

690.— 3. Sylvia, born April 11, 1802. 

691.— 4. Mary Ann, born March 19, 1804. 

692 5. Martha, born October 30, 1805, died young. 

693.-6. Samuel Knight, born March 4, 1808, died unmarried May 21, 1845. 

694.-7. Sarah, born May 16, 1810. 

695.-8. Thomas, born February 23, 1812. 

696 9. Mark Knight, born March 29, 1814. 

697 — 10. David Marshall, born July 13, 1817. 

Note. " Mark Tapley " (153) has sent me a sketch of " Uncle Tom Wight," from which I extract an inci- 
dent concerning his domestic discipline, and one concerning his poetic tastes: Oue cold wintry morning, hav- 
ing business out of town which promised to occupy the entire day, he called his son Sam and ordered him, it 
being Saturday, to split a quantity of fire-wood to last over the Sabbath. Upon his late return in the evening, 
the father perceived .his direction had been neglected and no wood had been prepared. Taking no present 
notice of the disobedience he ate his supper, lighted his pipe, and sat for a long time in deep meditation by the 
kitchen fire. Meanwhile the boys sought their beds and were wrapped in sleep. Uncle Tom then placing his 
pipe in the oven mouth, went to the stairway and in a voice of loud authority directed Sam to dress himself and 
come down. The lad soon appeared and inquired his father's wants. " Take that ax," said his father, " go out 
to the wood pile and strike forty blows on the big oak log." Sam proceeded as ordered, but after striking 
thirty-nine blows, ran back with a mischievous twinkle to his bed and his dreams. For a long while the father 
sat in profound gravity, eyeing the leaping flames and smoking his pipe. Then going to the stairs, he again 
bade Sam to dress and come down. The youth, rubbing the slumber from his eyes, re-appeared and inquired 
what was wanted now. " Take your axe, go out to the wood-pile and strike that other blow," said the offended 
parent. The lesson of strict obedience having thus been taught and learned, Sam slept in peace.— Uncle Tom 
was passionately fond of poetry, his beloved authors being Pope and Thomson. He admired Dr. Young for his 
breadth of thought and loftiness of sentiment, but believed him too gloomy except for those doing penance. As 
age crept on and his eye dimmed, that neighbor was welcome indeed, who stepped in to read aloud Uncle Tom's 
favorite poem " The Seasons." Then would his aged eye light up, his eloquent face increase in expressiveness, 
his intent head nod in eager sympathy, his bending form lean forward upon his staff to catch the utmost word. 
Dwelling thus in the atmosphere of exalted thought, Uncle Tom when he was nearly ninety, went " to the other 
living called the dead." 

307. Nathan 6 Wight (Joseph 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan*, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 23, 
1773, lived in Otisfield on the opposite side of the road from his father. He married in Otis- 
field in 1798, Abigail, sister of Betty Hancock (303). Abigail was born in Wrentham, June 
14, 1776. Nathan was a farmer, lumberman, blacksmith, and locksmith. He was also a tan- 
ner, the first in Otisfield to tan in pits. He exhibited great energy in all his enterprises and 
accumulated quite a fine property for his day in the backwoods of Maine. Nathan 
died July 22, 1854, Abigail died February 25, 1824 — both in Otisfield. There also were born 
their 

CHILDREN. 

698. — 1. Mary, born December 13, 1798, died in Otisfield aged three years. 
699 — 2. James, born April 19, 1800. 
700.— 3. Eliphalet, born February 16, 1802. 
701.— 4. Mary, born January 14, 1804. 
702 — 5. Nathan, born December 27, 1805. 

703 6. Susan, born December 23, 1806. 

704 —7. Eunice, born January 29, 1810. 
705.— 8. Joseph Blake, born March 26, 1812 
706 — 9. William Lewis, born May 26, 1815. 
707.— 10. Abigail Hancock, born December 26,1817. 
708.— 11. Jerusha Hancock, born February 4, 1820. 



Note. Signature of Nathan Wight made in 1824 : 



(^y^fe^o^^^^ - 



88 The Wights. 

309. Jonathan Wight {Joseph 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan*, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Septem- 
ber 7, 1783, was a farmer in that part of Otisfield now called Sebago, about twelve miles south 
of his father. He married in Otisfield July 6, 1805, Mercy Harmon, born December 10, 1788, 
daughter of Edward and Mary (Plaisted) Harmon of Alfred, Me. Mercy died February 13, 
1861 ; Jonathan died March 1, 1869. The seven eldest children were born in Otisfield, the 
remainder in Sebago, it is believed. 

CHILDREN. 

7 0!> . —1 . Elvira , bora April 16, 1807. 

710.— -J. Hkbmon, born July 14, 1808 ; named from Mt. Hermon. 

7 LI.— 3. Prjscili.a Locd, bora April 7, 1810. 

712.— 4. Abigail Ware, bora March 10, 1812. 

713.— 5. Edward Tabor, born April 2, 1515: mamed from Mt. Tabor), died unmarried Augusl 

18, 1838. 
7 14.— 6. Olive, bora February 22, 1817. 
715.— 7. David Ray, born September 7, 1819. 
716.— 8. Joseph, bora June 20, 1822. 
717. — 9 Nathan, born September 23, 1824. 
718.— 10. Mary, born Januarv 2, 1827, died May 5, 1832. 
719.— 11. Addison, bora August 18.1S29. 

310. Timothy 6 Wight (Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 11, 
1768, married Harriet Ladd and settled in Vienna, Maine, where probably all his children 
were born. The order of their birth is uncertain. 







CHILDREN. 


720.— 1. 


Mary, bora 


1796 


731.— 2. 


Asa, born in Vienna 




722.-3. 


Nancy, born 




723.-4. 


John, bora 




734.-5. 


Lois, bom 




725.-6. 


Timothy, bora 





is dead— nothing more told. 

311. Eliphalet 6 Wight (Timothy 5 , Jonathan 1 , Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Tliomas 1 ), born June 5, 
1770, married Abbie Berry. Eliphalet, while insane, hanged himself in his father's orchard 
in Monmouth, August 20,"l840. 



726.— 1 
727.-2 
728.-3 
729.-4 
7 30 .—5 
731.— 6 
732.- 
733.- 



CHILDREN. 

Salome, born September 10, 1795, died unmarried August 5, 1880. 

Mary B. bora January 22, 1797, died unmarried February 8, 1862. 

Keziah B. bora February 27, 1800, died unmarried December 7, 1822. 

Abbie, born November 1, 1802. 

Susan, born March 5, 1804, died February 3, 1808. 

Sarah, born February 25, 1807, lives (18861 unmarried iu Vienna, Me. 

Flora, born June 15, 18io, died May 4, 1814. 

Flora Maria, born September 24, i.814, died June 16, 1832. 



312. Asa 6 Wight (Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 10, 1773, 
died when his son Benjamin was young. Asa was addicted to pranks and jests and was 
somewhat eccentric. He lived possibly in Monmouth, Maine. 



CHILDREN. 



734. — 1. Joseph, born 

735.-2. William, bora 

736. — 3. Benjamin, bora 

737. — 4. Sally, born 

313. Mary 6 Wight (Timothy 5 , Jonathan 1 , Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 1, 
1777, married Abram Kimball, and had John 7 , Abram 7 , Mary 7 and Charles 7 Kimball. She 
is supposed to have died previous to 1807-8, at about which time her father gave another 
daughter the same name, but this is not conclusive. Mary's children lived in Swanville, 
Maine, and are all supposed to be dead. 

314. Jonathan 6 Wight (Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Decem- 
ber 11, 1781, was, in stature and build, the largest of Timothy's many children. He stood 
over six feet two and was strong, muscular, and well proportioned. He was a sailor and 
when the embargo on shipping in 1812, drove him and his sailor brothers from the sea, 
he was second in command of a vessel. His accurate judgment and forecast of the weather 
were so remarkable that he was the weather oracle for many miles around his home and was 
seldom in error in his prophecies of storms and clear skies. He married in Monmouth, in 
1815, Betsey Straw, born in Epping, N. H., in 1791, daughter of Ebenezer and Sarah Straw. 
He settled in Windsor, Me., where all his children except the youngest were born. About 
1833, he removed to his father's homestead at Monmouth, where his wife died in August, 
1848, and where he died July 13, 1861. He was a Baptist in faith. 



Sixth Generation. 89 



CHILDREN. 

738.— 1. Sarah Almira, born May 11, 1816. 

739.-2. Mary Fisher, born April 29, 1818. 

740.— 3. Milton Marrow, born February 24, 1820. 

741.— 4. Asenath Clough, born June 9, 1822, died in Lowell, Mass., in December, 1838 

742. — 5. Eliza Clough, born February 15, 1824, lives unmarried at Litchfield, Me. 

743.-6. Joseph Clough, born June 24, 1825. 

744.-7. Eben Straw, born February 9, 1827. 

745 .—8. William, born March 2, 1829, died in 1849 ; " he was very bright and able." 

746.-9. Roslinda Welch, born July 8, 1830. 

747.— 10. Susan Dearborn, born January 18, 1832. 

748. — 11. John Addison, born in Monmouth September 2, 1834, died there March 8, 1854. 

315. Sally Wight [Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 1782, married 
in 1801, Captain Elisha Wickwire of Monmouth, who soon died. She had no children who 
reached maturity. She was a Baptist by faith and died in "Windsor, Me., in January, 1861. 

316. Benjamin Wight [Timothy 5 , Jonathan 4 -, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 1784, 
married Susan Ridley who was born in 1783, in Whitefield, Me. They lived in Windsor, Me., 
where her children were born, and where she died in 1827. Benjamin married second Mrs. 
Laura Mason, the daughter of Prince and Mary (Clark) Rogers. Laura was born in Wiscasset, 
Me., about 1816. Her first husband Mr. Rogers, to whom she was married when she was 18 
years old, lived but a few months. Mrs. Wight is still living. Benjamin was of the Baptist 
faith and died in Windsor in 1859. His three youngest children were of the second marriage. 





CHILDREN. 




749.— 1. 


Clarissa, born 1816 




750.— 2. 


Isaac, born 1818. 




751.— 3. 


Ruth, born 1820. 




752.-4. 


Adaline, born 1822. 




753.-5. 


James, born 1824. 




754.-6. 


Cordelia, born 1826. 




755.-7. 


Benjamin Franklin, born , died in Bath, Me., 


, June 30, 1855, 


756.-8. 


Stephen Henry, born in Windsor, January 15, 1838. 




757.-9. 


Laura, born May 13, 1810. 





317. William Fisher Wight (Timothy 5 , Jonathan 1 , Jonathan*, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
March 23, 1785, married " his cousin" Dolly Hunt, born August 16, 1790. He was deacon of 
the Baptist church in Windsor, where all his children were born and where he died March 

9, 1826. 

children. 

758.— 1. William Fisher, born January 25, 1813, died a boy in Windsor. 

759.-2. Hiram, born February 6, 1815. 

760 3. Charles Thomas, born December 31, 1816. 

761 4. David, horn December 16, 1818. 

762 — 5. Abigail R., born January 16, 1821, died at Windsor February 19, 1854. 

• 763.-6. John Brown, born January 16, 1821. 

764 7. Lois F., born January 4, 1823. 

765 8. Lydia Hunt, born March 5, 1825. 

318. Joseph Wight (Timothy 5 , Jonathan 1 , Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 9, 
1787, enlisted at Windsor in September, 1814, with Captain Gideon Barton, Colonel Foote's 
regiment of Maine militia, stationed at Windsor, at which point he was subsequently dis- 
charged. He married at Lewiston, Me., June 16, 1823, Mary Merrill, born in Lewistoh April 

10, 1798. She was one of the younger of the twelve children of John and Sally (Henshaw) 
Merrill. John Merrill was a revolutionary soldier. The Merrills and Henshaws were from 
near Falmouth, now Portland. Joseph died at Windsor March 6, 1870, and his widow 
died at Augusta August 23, 1880. Joseph and his wife were people of frugality, hospitality 
and piety. Twice each day for almost half a century they engaged in prayers of thankfulness 
and petitions for daily bread to the Giver of every good. They were members of the Baptist 
faith. Their children and grand-children were rugged, healthy persons — free from physical 
or mental deformity or blight. 

children. 

766 — 1. Phebe Keziah, born in Monmouth March 31, 1824. 

767 2. William Lewis, born in Monmouth March 3, 1826. 

768.-3. John Henry, born in Monmouth, April 19, 1828, was killed at Wiudsor, by a stroke of 

lightning, August 10, 1846. 

769.-4. Joseph Eliphalet, born in Augusta November 30, 1830. 

770 5. Nathan Newell, born in China, Me., July 8, 1834. 

771 — 6. Frederick Dearborn, born in Windsor June 18, 1837. 

772.-7. Mary Elizabeth, born in Windsor May 13, 1840. 

773 — 8. Amos Merrill, born in Windsor March 5, 1843. 

319. Lois Wight (Timothy 5 , Jonathan' 1 , Jonathan' 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born February 8, 
1789, married December 10, 1811, at Monmouth, Frederick W. Dearborn of that place, born 
there October 17, 1787. His father, Levi Dearborn, moved from New Hampshire, and was 
brother of General Henry Dearborn. (Register II, 299). Lois died at Augusta August 7, 1867, 
and her husband at the same place December 7, 1867. They had three children, one of whom 

12 



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The Wights. 



Susan 7 , was an invalid. None of them survived. Frederick Dearborn 7 Wight (771) writes: 
" Frederick W. Dearborn stood about 6} feet high and was perfect in proportion. I have 
heard my father say that at all the old time militia trainings, musters, barn raisings, log 
rollings and wrestling matches, they never found the man that could lay my Uncle Fred upon 
his back. Uncle and aunt took the temperance pledge when young, between themselves, 
before temperance pledges were in vogue, and their pledge was never violated ; they were 
life workers in the temperance cause. They were great Methodists and great singers, and 
long took the lead in the old-fashioned Methodist meetings and choir meetings at Augusta." 
They were both strong patriots and were abolitionists at an early day. (See the Dearborns, in 
Chase's History of Chester, N. H., 503, et seq.) 

320. Elias Wight (Timothy' 5 , Jonathan 1 , Jonathan", Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 11, 
1791, married August 2, 1826, Elizabeth Kidder of Dresden, Maine, born there July 22, 1800. 
Elias was a farmer and shoemaker, working at his trade in Augusta, Dresden and other 
places in Maine. About 1832, with his little family, he moved into Richland County, Ohio, 
and bought 160 acres in Bloomfield township, in the woods. He plied his trade in Mansfield, 
same county, about a year, meanwhile building a house upon his farm. Upon its completion 
he moved thereto, still working at the bench and clearing his land. About 1835 he sold this 
farm and bought 80 acres in Sandusky township in the woods. He cleared this land and 
lived upon his farm until 1852 when he sold out and moved with his family to Elkhart 
County, Indiana. From there in less than a year he moved to Newbury, La Grange County, 
Indiana, where he and his wife both died, the former March 23, 1855, and the latter October 
31, 1861. Their five youngest children were born in Sandusky township, Richland County, 
Ohio. — Elias was a Baptist. 

CHILDREN. 

774.— 1. Sarah, born in Augusta, Maine, July 4, 1827. 

775.-2. Elias, born in Augusta, November 5, 1828, was scalded to death by hot water December 
27, 1829. 

776 3. Elias, born in Augusta, June 6, 1830. 

777. — 4. Susan, born in Dresden, January 29, 1882. 

778.-5. Matilda, born in Bloomfield, August 19, 1834, died in Sandusky, July 27, 1841. 

779 6. Elizabeth, born March 30, 1836. 

780.— 7. Hannah, born March 6, 1838. 

781.— 8. John, born February 19, 1840, died in Newbury January 9, 1866. 

782. — 9. George Washington, born February 11, 1842. 

783 10. William Harrison, born May 3, 1844. 

321. Warren W.° Wight (Timothy*, Jonathan^, Jonathan*, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Sep- 
tember 4, 1793, enlisted about September 1, 1814, at Windsor, Maine, with Captain Gideon 
Barton in Colonel Cummins' regiment, and was discharged later in the same year at the 
same place. At the bride's home in Wiscasset, Maine, on September 19, 1824, he married 
Harriet P. White, born April 8, 1799, daughter of John and Nancy (Robertson) White — John 
although of English ancestry, a Revolutionary soldier. After their marriage Warren and his 
wife resided in Windsor, Me., until 1832 ; in Mansfield, Ohio, from 1832 to 1838; in Crawford 
County, Ohio, from 1838 to 1869, and in Jay County, Indiana, from 1869 to 1874. Warren died 
in Jay County, March 6, 1874. His widow resided subsequently in DeKalb County, Indiana, 
where she died November 29, 1882. These dates of residence indicate the places of the chil- 
dren's birth. — Warren having become an abolitionist, changed from the Methodist to the 
Wesleyan Methodist belief. 

CHILDREN. 

784.— 1. James Moffitt, born July 1, 1826. 

785.-2. Harriet Eliza, born October 28, 1827. 

786 3. Joseph Warren, born December 8, 1829, died October 12, 1858. 

787.-4. William Sylvester, born November 13, 1831. 

788 5. Sarah Ann, born March 21, 1834, died June 7, 1855. 

789 6. Alpheus La Fayette, born August 20, 1836. 

790.— 7. Mary Susan, born July 12, 1838. 

791 8. Frances Paulina, born June 10, 1840. 

792.-9. John Elias, born March 8, 1842. 

793 10. Hiram Lawton, born November 27, 1843, died May 9, 1865. 

322. Abigail Grover Wight (Timothy*, Jonathan' 1 , Jonathan 9 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
August 19, 1795, married at Monmouth in June, 1814, Nathaniel Linn. He was born in 
Colerain, Mass., September 20, 1788, and died in Thomaston ; Me., April 30, 1867. Abigail 
died in Windsor, Me., December 28, 1850. She was a Baptist in belief. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Warren Wight' Linn, born at Windsor, March 24, 1815, died April 13, 1880. 

2. Emily 7 Linn, born September 24, 1816, married a Hallowell. Live in Thomaston, Me. 
3 - George 7 Linn, born June 10, 1818, died in Iowa in July, 1869. 

4. Lois Dearborn 7 Linn, April 2, 1820— February 2, 1834. 

5. Nancy Jewell 7 Linn, born April 8, 1821, married an Elliott. 

6. John Roberts 7 Linn, born September 23, 1823, was a private in an Iowa regiment in the last war and died on 

a march from Vicksburg to Natchez, not one in his company being well enough to give him a drink of water. 



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323. John Wight (Timothy"', Jonathan 1 , Jonathan'*, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 17, 
1799, married, 1839, Caroline Donnell of Windsor, Me. She died aged 37 years, October 15, 
1849. He married in Windsor July 7, 1850, Cyrena Ann Savage of China, Me. Her maiden 
name was Gray, and she was born in China October 12, 1827. Her former husband, Mr/ 
Savage, had been drowned about a year before her marriage to John Wight, while getting 
logs into a saw mill. John Wight was a Methodist and died May 29, 1877. 

CHILDREN. 

794. — 1. Ellen Matilda, born in Windsor, September 10, 1851, nothing told. 

795.-2. John Franklin, born in Windsor, March 23, 1853, nothing told. 

796. — 3. Charles Milton, born in Monmouth, September 30, 1855, nothing told. 

797.-4. Caroline Maria, born in Monmouth, October 15, 1857, nothing told. 

326. John Morse Wight (Lemuel 5 , Thomas' 1 , Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 
31, 1765, was for a short time in the war of the Revolution. He was in Union, Me., in 1787, 
but not long after removed to Thomaston. Here his name appears as a subscriber for l£ 
4s to a subscription started January 16, 1792, for building a meeting house in Thomaston. He 
married there January 20, 1793, Lavinia Dexter Morse, born November 19, 1772, daughter of 
Daniel and Freelove (Dexter) Morse of Attleboro, Mass., and Thomaston. John was chosen 
one of the surveyors of lime in Thomaston in 1796 upon the creation of that office. On July 
17, 1797, he was chosen lieutenant of the North militia company in Thomaston. While living 
there he was engaged in trade and likewise taught school near the head of Tolman's pond. 
He " left the place and his family December 6, 1799." I have not the date of his death, but 
his widow married Benjamin Tucker and her first child of this marriage was born September 
7, 1808. See various pages in Eaton's Thomaston. 

CHILDREN. 

798.— 1. Daniel Morse, born April 18, 1793, followed the sea, nothing further known. 

799.-2. James W., born October 29, 1795. 

800 — 3. Henry M., born March 15, 1798. 

801.— 4. Charles, born March 9, 1800. 

803 5. Osmond, born March 9, 1800. 

327. Lemuel Wight (Lemuel 5 , Thomas*, Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 9, 
1769, endeavored while yet a lad to enlist in the Revolutionary army, but found when he had 
started for the war that his enlister was a tory, which circumstance returned him home. He 
married Rhoda Paine, of Foxboro, who was born in 1776. They moved from Foxboro to 
Westmoreland, N. H., in 1807, and the births of their children divide evenly between those 
places. Rhoda died April 9, 1848; Lemuel died June 27, 1851. 

children. 

803 1. Foster, born January 18, 1797. 

804 2. Willard, born 1800. 

805 — 3. Mary, born 1801. 

806 4. Joseph Nelson, born 1803. 

807.— 5. James Guilford, born 1804. 

808.— 6. Herman, born 1806. 

809 — 7. Stillman, born 1807. 

810 — 8. Rhoda, born August 13, 1809. 

811.— 9. Caroline, born 1811, nothing told. 

812 10. Albert, born 1812. 

813 — 11. Hartshorn, born 1814. 

814 12. Nancy, born 1820. 

329. Thomas Wight (Lemuel 5 , Thomas' 1 , Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 7, 1772, 
was living in Philadelphia in 1814, and was an extensive boot and shoe maker. He had at 
least three sons and two daughters. Other data are lacking. 



815. 


-1. 


Charles, born 


children. 
, nothing told. 


816.- 


-2. 


William, born 


, nothing told. 


817. 


-3. 


Thomas, born 


, nothing told. 


818. 


-4. 


Elizabeth, born 


, nothing told 


819. 


-5. 


Eliza, born 


, nothing told. 



331. James Wight (Lemuel 5 , Thomas' 1 , Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , mar- 

ried Matilda Balkam, born about 1775, who died October 1, 1834. James was in business in 
Philadelphia for a time. In 1814 he removed to Greene County, Va., where he was a mer- 
chant. In 1823 he journeyed to Kentucky, and in ]825 to Indiana. He was in the latter 
state in 1832, when his nephew Willard 7 Wight (804) called upon him. After that he was in 
the boot and shoe business in Rockport, Ind., for a year or two and then returned East. I 
cannot trace him further. 



92 The Wights. 



CHILDREN. 

820 — 1. Emeline, born in Philadelphia about 1805, died in Washington County, Arkansas, Octo- 
ber 11, 1876. 
821 — 2. James Harvey, born on Arch street, Philadelphia, April 20, 1807. 
822.-3. Lemuel, born about 1809, died in Indiana about 1828. 
823 — 4. Warren, born on Arch street, Philadelphia, August 28, 1811. 

Note. There is no Matilda Balkain in Wrentham or Foxboro records. In the latter town is record of the 
birth, March 2S, 1778, of Molly Balkani, daughter of Samuel and Sarah Balkam. 

333. Thomas Wight (James 5 , Eleazar 4 -, Eleazar s , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 1, 
1760, seems to have lived in Medway and had land on the Black Swamp there in 1809. 
(Jameson's Medway, 66). He died in Medway November 25, 1818. 

334. Mary Wight (Eleazar 5 , Eleazar 4 -, Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), baptized March 27, 
1763, married in Milford, Mass., May 9, 1782, Captain Ezekiel, son of Jonathan and Mary 
Jones of Milford. Captain Ezekiel who had been born in Holliston March 11, 1758, was 
marketman and carrier between Boston and Milford, in the days before railroads. This 
vocation he pursued until greatly advanced in years; and he was implicitly trusted by his 
patrons as a man of strict integrity. He died August 13, 1845. Mary died June 1, 1829. (Bal- 
lou's Milford, 856). 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Azubah 7 Jones, (December 22, 1782— January, 1824) married April 1, 1811, Jonathan Fisk Flagg of Hopkinton. 

2. Clarinda 7 Jones (April 13, 1786— October 10, 1820), married November 24, 1805, Benjamin Gibbs. No children. 

3. Sophia 7 Jones, born December 1, 1788, died unmarried December 15, 1871. 

4. John 7 Jones (October 5, 1795— July 23, 1876), married August 23, 1821, Malinda (1797— October 9, 1874) daughter 

of Nathaniel and Pamela (Comee) Chamberlain of Hopkinton. 

1. Augustus Chamberlain 8 Jones, born May 27, 1822, married December 24, 1856, Mary A. Ellis of Med- 

field. 

2. John Willard 8 Jones, born January 16, 1824, married Clara Gillmann. 

8. Clarinda Selina s Jones, born January 17, 1826, married October 10, 1849, Justin T. Eames, who 
May 27, 1S79. Residence, Milford. 

4. Charles Prentiss 8 Jones, born December 7, 1827, lives unmarried in Milford. 

5. Mary Malinda 8 Jones, born February 8, 1830, married April, 1851, Alfred A. Gibson of Hopkinton. 

Residence Milford. 

6. Julius Monroe 8 Jones, born February 16, 1832, married March 4, 1869, Jennie Olivia Fisher. Live in 

Webster City, Iowa. 

7. Charlotte 8 Jones, born March 25, 1834, married June 22, 1862, Joseph R. Pierce. 

8. George 8 Jones, born May 15,1836, married Charlotte 8 Wight and Martha 8 Wight, daughters of Hasky 7 

(827). George Jones resides in Biughampton, N. Y. 

9. Lucy 8 Jones June 18, 1838— November 18, 1843. 

335. Hannah Wight (Eleazar 5 , Eleazar 4 -, Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), baptized April 
15, 1764, married in Milford March 31, 1782, Stephen, born October 14, 1758, son of Josiahand 
Deborah (Atwood) Kilbourn. Stephen began business as a grocer on or near the present 
Mansion House site in Milford, and then became a licensed retailer of liquors, but eventually 
failed, causing great financial distress to his friends. He died very poor April 27, 1838. Han- 
nah died May 20, 1810. (Ballou's Milford, 866). 

descendants. 

1. Eleazar 7 Kilbourn, January 1, 1783— August 16, 1810. 

2. Polly 7 Kilbourn, born April 5, 1785, was deaf and dumb. 

3. Deborah 7 Kilbourn, born August, 22, 1789, married Alpheus Bullard. 

4. Otis 7 Kilbourn, born March 8, 1797, married March 29, 1818, Catherine Albee. 

5. Olive 7 Kilbourn, born August 29, 1799, was deaf and dumb. 

6. Stephen 7 Kilbourn, September 5, 1801— October 27, 1829. 

336. Abnee 6 Wight (Eleazar 5 , Eleazar 4 -, Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), baptized June 12, 
1768, married in Franklin, Mass., May 15, 1791, Huldah Pond, born in Bellingham November 
18, 1765 (752, Note). Abner lived in Milford, where the children, except perhaps Mary and 
Ede, were born. Huldah died September 8, 1828; Abner died in Upton March 19, 1834. 
Abner inherited his father's home in Milford, which after him passed out of the family. 
His children all probably left Milford before their father's death, (Ballou's Milford, 1121). 

CHILDREN. 

824 — 1. Eli, born March 28, 1791. 

825 — 2. Ruth, born February 21, 1793. 

826 — 3. Abner, born May 16, 1795. 

827. — 1. Hasky, born November 16, 1797. 

828 — 5. Saein, born April 28, 1800. 

829 6. Mary, born 

830 — 7. Ede, born 

337. Euth 6 Wight (Eleazar 5 , Eleazar 4 -, Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Tliomas 1 ), born June , 1770, 
married February 4, 1790, Edward Webber, who seems to have gone from Providence, R. I., 
to Milford in 1787, with others. In 1791 these intruding elements were warned out of Mil- 
ford — a common caution by our thrifty New England ancestry to avoid possibility of sup- 
porting paupers. Ruth's death as a widow, September 15, 1839, aged 69 years and 3 months, 
is recorded in Milford. 



Sixth Generation. 93 



338. Eli Wight (Harvey*, Joshua 4 ', Joshua 3 , Thomas", Thomas 1 ), born July 19, 1802, 
married April 2, 1826, Polly Berry, who was born in Eoxbury, N. Y., June 6, 1806, and died 
April 1, 1846. Eli was a farmer in Roxbury where his children were born. He died Novem- 
ber 19, 1852. 

CHILDREN. 

831 .—1. Charles, born March 22, 1827. 

833.-2. Fannie, born May 7, 1830. 

833.-3. Thomas, born July 20, 1832. 

834.-4. Kniffin G., born February 24, 1837. 

339. Reuamy Wight (Harvey*, Joshua 1 , Joshua 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 1803, 
married a Lamb when about 35 years of age, and died some 6 or 8 months afterwards in 
Rollin, Mich. By some her death is fixed in the fall of 1840. 

340. Betsey Wight (Harvey 5 , Joshua' 1 , Joshua 3 , Thomas' 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 24, 1804, 
married Moses Elmer in Roxbury, N. Y., in 1822. Mrs. Elmer was living in Hudson, Mich., 
in 1887. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Ambrose C. 7 Elmer, born January 7, 1824, married Sarah 7 Mills (341). Residence Hudson. 

2. Maria 7 Elmer, born 1826 or 7, was scalded to death when about three years old. 

3. Josiah 7 Elmer, born July 24, 1830. 

4. Mary Jane 7 Elmer, born December 7, 1833, died 1852. 

341. Nancy Wight (Harvey 5 , Joshua 41 , Joshua 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , married 
Josiah Mills and lived in Rollin, Mich. Josiah died May 6, 1876, aged 86 years, 11 days. 
Nancy's death is given May 21, 1877, and her age 72 years, 7 months, 14 days. But this age 
makes her birth date inconsistent with that of her sister Betsey (340). 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Elizabeth 7 Mills, born April 14, 1825, wife of Stephen Baird. 

2. Jason 7 Mills, born September 25, 1827, died in the army at West Point, Ky., December 9, 1861. 

3. Maria 7 Mills, born December 4, 1829, married Warren Baird brother of Stephen. 

4. Sarah 7 Mills (March 28, 1834— December 23, 1886), married Ambrose C. 7 Elmer (340). 

5. Charles W. 7 Mills, died when ten months old. 

6. Mary 7 Mills, born August 23, 1837, married Lyman Cront. 

. 342. Samuel 6 Wight (Harvey 5 , Joshua 4 ", Joshua 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born June 24, 1809, 
married in Delaware County, N. Y, February 12, 1831, Amelia Jenkins, born September 17, 
1814. They removed about 1845-6 to Belvidere, 111. Sarah died near this place October 30, 
1865. Samuel died in November, 1854. Their six eldest children were born in Delaware 
County, N. Y., the remainder near Belvidere. 

CHILDREN. 

835.— 1. James, born June 13, 1833, died in the army at Memphis, June 28, 1864, unmarried. 

835. a.2. John Aiken, born August 4, 1834 ; died March 27, 1848, near Belvidere. 

836.-3. Nathan Jenkins, born August 13, 1836, died November 2, 1853, near Belvidere. 

836. a. 4. Margaret, born July 31, 1838, died aged about 17 years. 

837 — 5. Gilbert Aiken, born February 9, 1840. 

838.-6. Emma Jane, born July 31, 1842, died August 12, 1876, in Sioux City, la. 

839.-7. Maria, born September 25, 1846. 

840.— 8. Mary Emiline, born December 12, 1849. 

841.— 9. Julia Ellen, born April 23, 1852. 

841.a.l0. Ehoda Melissa, born January 9, 1855, died near Belvidere, October 25, 1864. 

343. Jonas Wight (Harvey 5 , Joshua*, Joshua 3 , Thomas 3 , Thomas 1 ), born , had 
at least a 

CHILD. 

842. — 1. William, born , residence has been Homer, N. Y., and Fabius, N. Y. 

344. Amos Wight (Harvey 5 , Joshua*, Joshua 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , an 
inn-keeper at Glenburn, Lackawanna County, Pa. He has stoutly resisted my most alluring 
efforts at correspondence. 

345. Sallie 6 Wight (Harvey 5 , Joshua*, Joshua 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 

married Adam Myers. Both are dead. A son, John Henry 7 Myers, lives at W. Conesville, 
Schoharie County, N. Y. 

346. Polly Wight (Harvey 5 , Joshua' 1 , Joshua 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ) born , 
married James Jenkins of Roxbury, N, Y. She is dead. Her son, Anson 7 Jenkins, lives at 
Union Grove, Delaware County, N. Y. 

347. John Wight (Harvey 5 , Joshua*, Joshua 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ) born March 12, 1816, 
married January 18, 1848, Lydia Alvina Woolston, born in Preble, N. Y., January 23, 1826. 
John died at Glenburn, Pa., April 16, 1884. He was a carpenter. His widow was living in 
1889. 



94 The Wights. 



CHILDREN. 

843.— 1. Mary, born October 14, 1848. 

844.-2. Ella, born August 7, 1852. 

845.— S. Eli, born November 26, 1858. 

846. — 1. Jonas Beecher, born August 4, 1868, is a gardener at Cortland, N. Y. 

31S. Jane Ann Wight (Harvey 5 , Joshua 1 , Joshua :i , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 
28, 1818, married October 29, 1840, Charles Russel Robinson of Greene County, N. Y. They 
reside at Matteawan, N. Y. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Fannie M. 7 Robinson, born August 19, 1841. 

2. Lucius I. 7 Kobinson, born September 5, 1846. 

3. Milo C 7 Robinson, born June 18, 1848. 

4. Julia E. 7 Robinson, born May 5, 1S55, married a Haddeu and resides at Matteawan. 

319. Jesse Wight (Harvey 5 , Joshua 4 ', Joshua 3 , Thomas'-, Thomas 1 ), born February 28, 
1S20, removed to Illinois in the fall of 1845, and resides at Little Indian, Cass County, 111. He 
married September 3, 1850, Margaret Taylor born at Germantown, Montgomery County, 



Ohio, May 30, 1828. 



CHILDREN. 



847. — 1. Maria, born , nothing told. 

848.-2. Abigail, born April 12, 1851. 

849.-3. William Aaron, born March 22, 1853. 

850.— 4. John Christopher, born August 25, 1854, nothing told. 

851.— 5. Amos Harvey, born February 16, 1859, nothing told. 

853.-6. Elizabeth Jane, born January 1, 1861, nothing told. 

853.-7. Sarah Josephine, born March 14, 1863. 

854.-8. Mabel, born September 6, 1869, nothiug told. 

350. Maria Wight (Harvey 5 , Joshua 4 ', Joshua 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 6, 1821, 
married Walter Becker in Taylor, N. Y. Residence Bellaire, Antrim County, Mich. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Eliza Ellen 7 Becker, born in Taylor, October 2, 1851. 

2. Polly Elnora 7 Becker, born in Dover, Lenawee Co., Mich., September 13, 1857, died May 26, 1873. 

3. Edgar I. 7 Becker, born in Dover, August 9, 1860. 

4. Franklin Orpheus 7 Becker, born in Medina, Lenawee County, Mich., October 16, 1863. 

351. Mary Wight (John 5 , Benjamin 4 ', Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 
married James Franklin and was living in 1803.. when her father's will was made. 

352. John Wight (John 5 , Benjamin 4 , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 
wife Susannah. John died August 31, 1790, and his widow applied for administration. John's 
children, John 7 , Lucy 7 and Deliverance 7 Wight are mentioned in 1803, in the will of their 
grandfather John 5 Wight (171). I know nothing more of this family. Residence, Scitu- 
ate. — John Weight and John White are mentioned in Cowell's Spirit of '76 in Rhode Island. 

children. 

855.— 1. Deliverance, born , nothing known. 

856.-2. Lucy, born , nothing known. 

857.-3. John, born 

353. David Wight (John 5 , Benjamin 4 , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 
married July 19, 1772, Hannah, daughter of William Fiske of Scituate. Deeds to him from 
his parents in 1770, and from Peter 5 Wight (173) and wife are recorded in Scituate. On 
March 31, 1778, the town council of Scituate, on complaint that David Wight's children had 
the small-pox, appointed a committee to take charge of them. David died in Scituate Feb- 
ruary 8, 1826. There is no chronological arrangement of his 

CHILDREN. 

858.— 1. Jason, born 

859. — 2. Dorcas, born , died unmarried in S. Scituate Asylum after 1836. 

860. — 3. Huldah, born , died unmarried in S. Scituate Asylum after 1836. 

861.— 4. Prudence, born 

863.— 5. Lemuel, born , died a bachelor. 

863.-6. Olney, born 

354. Elizabeth Wight (John 5 , Benjamin 4 , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 
married a Colvin and was living in 1803, when her father's will was made. 

355. Dorcas Wight (John 5 , Benjamin 4 , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 
married John Fiske, and was dead in 1803, when her father's will was made. That instru- 
ment mentions as her children her daughter Ellis Wight 7 Fiske (of whom I know nothing), 
and her son Hopkins 7 Fiske. This last was born in Plainfield, Conn., May 11, 1779, removed 
to Abington, Pa., about 1839^0, and died in Benton, Pa., December 26, 1855. Hopkins had 
a son Silas 8 Fiske of Saunders, Neb., whose daughter, Mrs. Joseph Carpenter, lives in 
Waverly, Pa. A daughter of Hopkins 7 Fiske, Mrs. Holmes, of Scott, Pa., has three daugh- 
ters, one of whom is believed to be Mrs. Lewis Newton. 



Sixth Generation. 95 



356. Aaron" Wight {John 5 , Benjamin 1 , Benjamin'-*, Samuel' 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 31, 
1758, was ordered out about November 1, 1776, for two months under Captain Ealph in Col. 
Atwell's regiment of militia for the defence of Warwick Neck, R. I., threatened by British 
vessels. In March, May and August, 1777, he was drafted for tours of one month each, and 
stationed on coast guard at Warwick Neck. _ During the last of these tours a company of 
British mariners was surprised and taken prisoner. In August, 1778, he was drafted for one 
month, joining the regiment of Col. Kimball, during Gen. Sullivan's campaign, and stationed 
in the vicinity of Newport, JR. I. In the summer of 1779, he engaged for a year in a company 
of artillery commanded by Lieutenant Medbury, and attached to the militia regiment of Col. 
Kimball, and was stationed consecutively, at Newport, Fort Middleton on Rhode Island 
and at Providence. In October, 1781, he was drafted under Captain Pierce for one month, 
and stationed with Col. Olney's regiment at Newport. A brother whose name is not men- 
tioned was also in Col. Kimball's regiment in 1779. Returning from service he resided in 
Scituate and married Priscilla Dorr, born June 26, 1761, said to be a relative of Gov. Dorr. 
Aaron's children were born in Scituate. He received a farm from his father and supported 
his parents until their death. This farm, however, he was obliged to sell to pay the other 
heirs their portions from their father. He then bought him a farm in Coventry, R. I. About 
1815 he emigrated to Pennsylvania, residing principally at Abington, Luzerne County, where 
he had a farm. There were large emigrations of Scituate Wights to this region. Here his 
wife died January 24 (some say 22) 1818. Here also he died March 27, 1837 " at 15 minutes to 
11 p. m." at the residence of his son Owen. He was a member of the Baptist church — a 
reputable, honorable man. 

CHILDREN. 

864.— 1. Owen, born October 4, 1785. 

865.-2. Stephen, born September 18, 1788. 

866.-3. Mary, born January 2 (or 9), 1791. 

867 . —4. Eunice, born April 11, 1793. 

868.-5. Gorton, born June 12, 1795. 

869.-6. Freelove, born May 9, 1798, died in Abington May 1, 1818. 

870.— 7. John, born March 7, 1800. 

87 1 .—8. Priscilla, born October 23, 1803. 

873.-9. Celinda, born February 28, 1806. 

357. Silence" Wight {John 5 , Benjamin' 1 , Benjamin 11 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 
20, 1760, married in 1790, John Potter of Scituate, born January 6, 1767, died April 21, 1811. 
In 1845 she was abiding in Hopeville, R. I., with her nephew Bowen 7 Angell (358) and died 
childless April 16, 1848. 

Note. The Potters : Charles E. Potter's Potter Families does not afford complete assistance in discovering 
the early Potter families in Rhode Island. I cannot therein trace Ruth Potter (70) or Mary Potter, (70 Note.) 
Tenty Potter (172) may be a descendant of Content Potter, born in Warwick, R. 1., October 2, 1680, whose wife 
was Elizabeth. (Potter's Potter Families, Part 10, 1). Content was the youngest son of John Potter, born Ports- 
mouth, R. I., 1639, by his wife Ruth Fisher. John Potter was son of Robert Potter, born in England.— Content 
Potter's oldest brother Robert, born in Warwick, R. I., March 5, 1665, was father of Robert, who married April 3, 
1729, Catherine Johnson, and died April 4, 1758. Robert and Catherine had a son William, born 1732, who mar- 
ried Hannah Corey. These last had a son Burton (August 24, 1779— July 19, 1820), who March 31, 1805, married 
Phebe Hill. Burton and Phebe were parents of Polly Potter, born in Scituate, October 23, 1806, who married 
February 24, 1829, Barton Bennett and had a daughter Lydia M. Bennett, wife of William Harris 9 Wight, who is 
sonot'Olney P. 8 Wight (1768).— Robert and Catherine (Johnson) Potter had another son Captain John Potter 
(November 17, 1734— March 24, 1811) who married Eicy Ralph. These last were parents of John Potter, husband 
of Silence 6 Wight, above. 

There seems to be some difficulty about the Colvins at 175, and the Potters. According to a receipt in 
the Scituate Probate records (see 70) Ruth 5 Wight (175) was the wife of Peter Colvin. According to D. H. Rem- 
ington, Esq., town clerk of Scituate, Ruth married July 16, 1747, Moses Colvin, and had a daughter Ruth, who 
married Arnold Potter, June 11, 1778. According to James E. 8 Roberts of Scituate (363) Ruth= Wight married 
Benoni Colvin— discrepancies which can only be reconciled by presuming that she married all three ! — If Potter's 
Potter Families, Part 10, p. 4, is correct, Ruth Colvin and her children at 175 do not belong in the Wight family 
at all. He there states that Curnell J. Potter (April 21, 1755— April 7, 1821) married, 1777, Ruth, daughter ol 
Moses and Naomi Colvin. Ruth's children are there given as Stephen, Elizabeth and Delana. I trust this matter 
may be more satisfactorily investigated. 

358. Chloe Wight {John 5 , Benjamin 4 ', Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 4, 1775, 
married an Angell and had one child. She married second Williams Hines, born December 
2, 1777, a descendant of Roger Williams. He was a man of poetic nature and of active piety. 
He and his wife were members of the Baptist church, Scituate. She died in Scituate Sep- 
tember 26, 1836, her husband surviving. 

descendants. 

1. BowenT Angell (March 28, 1796— April 1856), a carpenter and builder of Hopeville, R. I., married February S, 

1818, Mary Parker (January 20, 1800—1888). They had three daughters and two sons, one being Charles B. 8 
Angell of River Point, R. I. 

2. Thomas Jefferson 7 Hines (April 30, 1802— July 16, 1878) a carpenter, builder and saw-mill owner, married Jan- 

uary 1, 1824, Phebe Taylor, who was living in October, 1836. He married second May 28, 1843, Lydia, 
daughter of Nathan and Sarah Daw ley. She is (1888) living in her 68th year. 

1. Louisa Williams 8 Hines, born August 4, 1826, died aged seven years of scarlet fever. 

2. Sarah Maria 8 Hines, born April 5, 1844, married July 12, 1868, William N. Round of Anthony, R. I. 

No children. 

3. Emily Clark 8 Hines, born February 25, 1846, lives unmarried in Anthony. 



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The Wights. 



3.)}). Waity" Wight ( William", Benjamin 41 , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 

married John Field and was dead at the date of her father's will in 1S07. This instrument 
seems to mention Potter 7 and Esther 7 Field as her children. The family is_ said to have 
settled in Enfield, Conn., but a personal examination of the records there fails to disclose 
them except that I find John, son of Pedajah and Abigail Field, was born in Enfield, June 
7, 1751. 

360. Kuth g Wight ( William 5 , Benjamin 41 , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 
married Michael McDaniel. She was living in 1825 at Chenango Point, N. Y., with one of 
her sons. She had several sons in prosperous circumstances. 

361. Reuben Wight ( William 5 , Benjamin*, Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 
owned a fertile farm near New Lebanon Springs, New York, but being led by his wife and 
two sons to join the Shakers he turned in all his property. Becoming dissatisfied in a few 
years he left them but his wife would not accompany him. His sons, however, soon fol- 
lowed his example, and in 1830 were farmers in good circumstances in New Lebanon. Reu- 
ben went into Greene County, N. Y., remarried and raised a large family. He was living in 
1830. 

362. Sarah Wight {William 5 , Benjamin 1 , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born June 1, 
1755, married August 10, 1776, William Roberts, born September 2 (O. S.), 1750, son of George 
and Abigail (Collins) Roberts. William died in Killingly, Conn., February 22, 1837, his widow 
died in Scituate, R. I., August 25, 1838. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Anthony 7 Roberts, born May 26, 1777, married Nancy Scott ; he died in Butternuts, Otsego Co., N. Y., October 

13, 1834, leaving six children. 

1. Nancy 8 Roberts, born September 27, 1806. 

2. Mercy* Roberts, born September 26, 1808. 

3. Sarah 8 Roberts, born January 3, 1812. 

4. Anthony 8 Roberts, born September 26, 1814. 

5. Maria 8 Roberts, born February 16, 1816. 

6. Adelia 8 Roberts, born June 16, 1818. 

7. Eliza 8 Roberts, born July 10, 1821. 

2. Lucy 7 Roberts, born February 12, 1780. 

3. Anna 7 Roberts, born November 23, 1783, died September 28, 1824. She married Phineas Briggs and left ten 

children. 

4. Thomas 7 Roberts, born May 1, 1786, left his home August 12, 1806, sailed from Warren, R. I., as chief mate of a 

schooner bound for Cuba. Sailing from there to return in 1806, he and his vessel were never heard from. 

5. William 7 Roberts (June 28, 1789 — August 13, 1867). He was the author of the record of the descendants of 

William 5 Wight (173), which, through the courtesy of his son Dr. Roberts, of Scituate, has been transcribed 
and arranged for this book. Mr. Roberts has uniformly spelled our sirname White. I presume this spell- 
ing has become so fixed in the families of the brothers of Sarahs Wight, who removed into New York state, 
that all knowledge of any other orthography has been lost, and their descendants are therefore probably 
forever untraceable. William Roberts had a son 

1. James E. 8 Roberts, born about 1815, a respected physician in Scituate. 

6. Moses 7 Roberts, born August 14, 1791, died at Cross Plains, Ripley Co., Indiana, May 3, 1835. Wife Ann, 

daughter of Amaziah Young. Eight children. 

7. Albert 7 Roberts, born May 8, 1794, died in central New York in the fall of 1832. He left a widow, no children. 

8. Sally Snelling 7 Roberts, born October 20, 1797, died March 17, 1833, leaving two children. Husband Bene- 

dict Johnson. 

9. Nathan 7 Roberts, July 3, 1800— July 27, 1806. 

363. Nathan Wight ( William 5 , Benjamin 4 , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 
was a soldier during the Revolution, participating in most of the principal battles, including 
Yorktown. After this war he married Phebe Spencer and bad one daughter, Waity 7 Wight, 
who in 1854 was living in Providence, R. L, in her second widowhood. When the Indian 
war northwest of the Ohio began in 1793 Nathan joined the army. In the disastrous defeat 
of Gen. St. Clair, Nathan was present and ran twenty miles with a comrade, pursued by Indian 
foes, to reach a fort. Nathan's face was discolored until death by a charge of powder shot 
from an Indian's gun upon his retreat. Nathan participated in Gen. Wayne's subsequent 
victory which ended this war. Nathan is said to have died in 1806 in Enfield at the house 
of his sister, Mrs. Field (359). I cannot find in Enfield any record of this event. " Nathan 
Wight and Phebe his wife, applied for certificate for this town [Scituate] to own them as 
residents therein, February 19, 1789." (Scituate Records.) 

364. William 6 Wight ( William 5 , Benjamin 4 , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , TJiomas 1 ), born , 
settled in Enfield, so 'tis said, and raised a large family. He was living in 1830. I find no 
trace of him or of his family in Enfield. 

365. Benjamin Wight (William 5 , Benjamin* , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born about 
1761, was a soldier in the war of the Revolution and a pensioner under Act of Congress of 
1831. He spent a great part of his life in Foster, R. I., where he married and brought up a 
family of daughters who also had descendants. He moved to Brooklyn, Conn., in 1817, 
where his wife died, and where he died in November, 1839, aged 78 years. He may be the 
Benjamin White in Cowell's Spirit of '76 in Rhode Island, 117. 



Sixth Generation. 97 



366. Potter Wight ( William 5 , Benjamin 4 ", Benjamin' 6 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 
was five years old when his mother died in 1778. When of sufficient age he was put out to 
live with Joseph Fiske. Being dissatisfied with his lot, when he was 12 years old he ran 
away and enlisted on a United States armed vessel then at Providence. After the war he 
married and went to Plattsburg, N. Y., where his wife died. He had 12 children, with one 
of whom, a daughter, he was living in Albany in 1830. 

367. Moses 6 Wight ( William 5 , Benjamin 4 ", Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 
went when a youth to live with his brother Reuben at New Lebanon. When about 2L he 
returned to Rhode Island and shipped out of Providence for Surinam. He contracted yellow 
fever at Surinam and dying on the return voyage his grave is in the ocean. " Moses Wight 
of Scituate, laborer, departed this life at sea sometime in January, 1797, and William 
Roberts appointed administrator March 13, 1797." {Scituate Records.) 

368. Esther 6 Wight ( William 5 , Benjamin 4 ", Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 
married Eleazar Fiske and had children. She died in 1836. 

369. Rufus 6 Wight ( William 5 , Benjamin 4 , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 
settled in Coventry, R. I., and had children. He died January 30, 1836, "aged about 50 
years." " Rufus Wight had a son Gilbert." 

CHILD. 

873. — 1. Gilbert, born , nothing known. 

370. Levina Wight (Peter 5 , Benjamin 4 ", Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 
married April 15, 1782, Simeon Bowen. 

371. Samuel Wight (Benjamin 5 , Benjamin 4 ", Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born June 
13, 1752, lived all his life in Scituate, except three years passed in Warwick, R. I. He was a 
soldier during a portion of the Revolutionary war. On the alarm caused by the British 
advance towards Lexington he volunteered to go to Boston but returned after two days 
march. Soon after there was an alarm for him to go to Bristol. In the fall of 1776 when the 
British with vessels and troops threatened the coast towns of Rhode Island he was called 
out to serve in Captain Wilbur's company of militia. In the spring of 1777 he served in 
Captain Knight's company and in August 1778, during Sullivan's campaign he served again 
in the same company as a substitute for his father. His service each time was a tour of one 
month and called him to Bristol, Warwick and Newport. In the summer of 1779 and in the 
succeeding winter he was out for tours of one month each with Captain Harrenden of War- 
wick. In August, 1780, and in the winter of 1781 he served two tours of 15 days each at 
Warwick under Captain Harrenden, and also 15 days in April, 1781, with Lieutenant Field. 
In June, 1781, he served nine days at Newport with Captain Tyler. During all these tours 
he was attached to Colonel Waterman's regiment. Samuel was married twice. Of the first 
marriage were, it is believed, several children. He married second March 31, 1817, Sarah 
D. Budlong, who was born February 27, 1793, and died August 17, 1829. Samuel died Novem- 
ber 24, 1834. It is presumed both died in Scituate. Samuel was administrator of the estate 
of his son Silvanus. Samuel's will, which was dated July 23, 1829, probated February 14, 
1835, mentions his wife Sarah, sons Joseph, Alfred and Edmund and daughter Abigail Black- 
mar. 

CHILDREN. 

874 — 1. Joseph, born 

874.0.2. Silvanus, born , died January 24, 1805. 

875. — 3. Abigail, born 

875. aA. Thomas Alfred, born October 28, 1817. 

876.-5. Edmund Horatio, born November 23, 1819. 

372. Joseph Wight (Benjamin 5 , Benjamin 4 ", Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 2, 
1755, was in the war of the Revolution in the company of Capt. Joseph Knight on January 
12, 1776 (Beaman's Scituate, 42). He married in Coventry, R. I., August 8, 1782, Eleanor, 
born October 27, 1759, daughter of Jabez Stone. The family resided in Coventry, R. I., and 
Sandwich, Mass. I find no record of the death of Joseph or Eleanor. The Scituate records 
note the will of Joseph Wight made February 16, .1834, probated April 7, 1834— inventory 
1243.70. If this is Joseph 6 (372) he must have re-married, as the instrument mentions his 
wife Polly. He speaks also of Louisa Webb. 

CHILDREN. 

877.— 1. Benjamin, born May 10, 1781. 

878 2. Charles born November 21, 1782. 

879 — 3. Huldah, born May 18, 1785. 

879.a.4. Channing, born November 11, 1790, died unmarried in Warwick, R. I., about 1830. 

880.— 5. Mahala, born 

373. Abiram 6 Wight (Samuel 5 , Joseph 4 ", Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 5, 1763, 
history mostly unknown. See 375. 

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The Wights. 



374. Mercy' 1 Wight (Samuel 6 , Joseph*, Joseph 3 , Samuel*, Thomas 1 ), born January 23, 1766, 
died unmarried in Bellinghain, September 23, 1856. See 375. 

375. Lucina 6 Wight {Samuel 5 , Joseph*, Joseph 9 , Samuel 2 . Thomas 1 ), born July 23, 1769, 
died unmarried in Bellingham December 7, 1S57. She and Mercy (374) lived abouta mile from 
the centre of Bellingham, and when advancing in years deeded their farm to a man named 
Eockwood. on condition that he would care for them as long as he lived, which condition be 
faithfully kept. Mr. Eockwood's children state that when Abirani Wight (373) was about 
forty years old he committed some act on account of wbich he left Bellingham and was never 
afterward heard from. His sisters seldom spoke of him, although at first they felt his 
absence keenly. 

376. Plin-y 15 Wight {Nathan 5 , Elnathan*, Joseph 3 , Samuel 3 , Thomas*), born June 2, 1783, 
removed to South Brimfield witb his father. There he married October 25,1806, Anna Fletcher. 
Plinv having studied law settled for the practice of his profession in Hartford, Conn. 
Here his two eldest children were born. In 1811 he returned to South Brimfield to reside 
and here his five voungest children were born. The name of the town of South Brimfield 
was changed in 1S28 to that of Wales, in honor of James Lawrence Wales a wealthy benefac- 
tor and honored citizen of that town, wbo had married Polly Fletcher, an elder sister of 
Anna. Upon his death childless Julv 3, 1S40, he willed his property to the children of 
Pliny Wigbt. Pliny died June 5, 1835, his widow died June 12, 1856, both in Y\ ales. 

CHILDKEV. 

881 1. Caroline Metcalf, born September 20, 1807. 

882.-2. Preston Fletcher, born April 20, 1S09. 

883 3. Leonard Burke, born in East Hartford, August 81, 1S11. 

884 1. Nathan Davenport, born May 7, 1813. 

885 5. Mary Lawrence, born July 17, 1815. 

886 6. Nancy Haven, born February 7, 181S. 

887 7. Jane Damaris, born May 11, 1S20, lives unmarried in "0 ales, Mass. 

888 S. Lyman Lincoln, born July 21, 1822. 

Xote 1. Signature of Pliny Wight : 




Note 2. The autograph of Rev. Eluathan' Wight (82) which was not received in time for proper insertion, 
is here reproduced : 



^^^-Ti^Bt^c^ 



Soie S. The Fletchers: Robert Fletcher, born in 1592, died at his home in Concord, Mass., April 3. 1677. 
Among his five children were two. William and Francis. 

1. William Fletcher, born in England 1622, married in Concord October 7, 1645, Lydia Bates and settled 

in Chelmsford. Mass. He died November 6, 1677, his widow died October 12, 1704. Their son Joshua 

Fletcher (March 30, 1648 — November 21, 1713) had among ten children two sons : 

.4. Joshua Fletcher, born about 1699. died October 19, 1732, lived in that part of Chelmsford now 

called Westford. He married Dorothy Hale, who died August 20, 1770. Their son Gershom 

(July 27, 1702— June 28, 1779), of Westfbrd and Groton, by wife Lydia Townsend, had a son 

Rev." Joshua Fletcher (September 24, 1756— August 15. 1829), of Plymouth, N. H., who married 

in 1775, Sarah Brown. His son Joshua Fletcher (May 16, 1776 — May 21, 1S52), a merchant in 

San Felipe de Austin, Tex., married Sarah Pulsifer of Campton, N." H., and had a son Amos 

Fletcher of New York, husband of Maria Wight, not yet identified. Amos and Maria had, 

1. William Henry Fletcher, born July 4, 1842, who died in the Union Army iu the Rebellion; 

2. Angeline Fletcher, born February 10, 1846, wife of George Carman of New York, and mother 
of William, Charles and Fletcher Carman : 3. Eliza Jane Fletcher, 1S54 — 1856. — A younger sou 
of Rev. Joshua Fletcher was Samuel Fletcher (July 31, 1785— October 28, 1858), Dartmouth 
1810, a law-yer in Concord, N. H., treasurer of Andover Theological Seminary. He married, 
second. Hannah 7 (Chickering) Briggs ^47) the intentions being filed in Dedham, January 30, 
1847, the marriage February 13, 1847. 

B. Captain Joseph Fletcher (June 10, 16S9— October 4. 1772 , of Westford, married November 17, 
1712, Sarah Adams of Concord, Mass., who died April 24, 1761. Their son Pelatiah Fletcher 
May 3. 1727— February 23, 1807), by wife Dorothy Hildreth, was father of another Pelatiah 
(April 4. 1767— May 7, 1811). The younger Pelatiah married September 22, 178S, Sally Wood- 
ward, and had a daughter Patty Fletcher, born June 28, 1789, who married April 9, 1807, Jacob 
Osgood (March 13, 1787 — May 12, 1857;, of Westford. Their son Alden Pitt Osgood married 
Nancy? Wight (1067). 



Sixth Generation. 99 



2. Francis Fletcher, born in Concord, Mass., 1G36, married August 1, 1656, Elizabeth Wheeler, and had a 
son Samuel (August 6, 1657 — October 23, 1744), selectman and town clerk of Concord. His son Timothy 
Fletcher, born August 28, 1704, by wife Elizabeth had a son Ephraim, who was born February 5. 1740, 
and lived for a time in Brimfleld. Ephraim married Sarah Oavenport and died in Newport, N. H., 
January 1, 1836. Of his nine children were Polly, born July 7, 1771, who married James T.. Wales, and 
died childless September 8, 1844; and Anna, born in Sutton, Januarys, 1781, wife of Pliny 6 Wight, 
above. See Fletcher's Fletcher family, and Register XXII, 389. 

377. Lucippa Wight (Nathan 5 , Elnatharft, Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 
28, 1788, married September 25, 1808, Alfred, son of Ethel and Mary (Fuller) Lyon of Hol- 
land, Mass. Alfred who was born in Holland, February 25, 1784, died August 24, 1842. 
Lucippa passed her later years with her son Ethel in Steamburgh, Cattaraugus County, N. 
Y., where she died of old age, September 11, 1873. Her eight eldest children were born in 
Attica, N. Y., the remainder in Villanova, Chautauqua Co., N. Y. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Son, born and died September 10, 1809. 

2. Juliet Lemira 7 Lyon (November 3, 1810— March 2, 1862), married Lewis Wright, and lived in Racine, Wis. She 

had children there. 

3. Ethel Lorenzo 7 Lyon, born November 8, 1812, married December 27, 1840, Sophia, daughter of Charles and Polly 

(Wilkes) Wright; residence Steamburgh. 

1. Ellen Jane 8 Lyon, born January 12, 1842, married January 30, 1860, Manly Sewell Price, of Cortland, N. 

Y.; residence Ridott, 111. 

1. Ethel Winnifred 9 Price, born September 18, 1865. 

2. Jessie Lemon 9 Price, born November 25, 1868. 

3. Stern Aspinwall 9 Price, born August 17, 1875. 

2. Clayton Spencer 8 Lyon, born June 14, 1844, lost his right hand in his father's shingle mill in August, 

1867, married September 10, 1876, Mary E. Tome of Corydon, Pa. 

1. Kate Smith 9 Lyon, born November 11, 1878. 

2. Ethel 9 Lyon, born April 4, 1880, died November 18, 1880. 

3. Manly Scott 8 Lyon (August 5, 1846— September 19, 1876), married December 22, 1870, May Quinn of 

Randolph, N. Y. 

1. Annie Bertha 9 Lyon, born November 24, 1871. 

2. George Ethel 9 Lyon, born September 10, 1874. 

4. Maryett Adeline 8 Lyon, born June 1, 1848, married July 4, 1870, Harvey Gay lord Wyman, son of Cyrus 

and Elizabeth (Washburn) Wyman ; residence Steamburgh. 

1. Jennie Sophia 9 Wyman, born April 30, 1871. 

2. Nellie Elizabeth 9 Wyman, born in Steamburgh, June 5, 1873. 

3. Elmer Henry 9 Wyman, born in Steamburgh, May 25, 1876. 
4 Ellis Arthur 9 Wyman, born April 7, 1882. 

5. Beulah Hazel 9 Wyman, born November 9, 1884. 

5. Herman Alvord 8 Lyon, born April 27, 1851, married November 27, 1879, Ada Estelle 'Wells ; residence 

Steamburgh. 

1. Berenice Bell 9 Lyon, born March 14, 1883. 

6. Delia Rosalyn 8 Lyon, born May 7, 1854, married April 9, 1871, Milo Blake Morrison, son of Joseph and 

Lucy (Sweat) Morrison ; residence Randolph, N. Y. Delia died February 23, 1880. 

7. Julia Elva 8 Lyon, born June 8, 1856. married in Steamburgh, May 22, 1874, Edward A. Stevens. 

1. Clayton Deverd 9 Stevens, born May 29, 1875. 

2. Hazel Annie 9 Stevens, born September 26, 1885. 

8. Fred Leroy 8 Lyon, born June 29, 1859; residence Steamburgh. 

4. Emily Jerusha 7 Lyon (March 7, 1815 -April 19, 1846); married Gregory Hall of Pleasantville, Pa., and left a 

son Lewis A. 8 Hall, of Independence, Mo. 

5. Maryette Fuller" Lyon, born March 24, 1817, married Samuel P. Hanford ; residence Irving, N. Y. 

6. Alfred Warren 7 Lyon, born July 16, 1819, married in Alleghany Township, Venango County, Pa., September 

28, 1843, Mary Rebecca Henderson, born in that county May 20, 1825. They removed after 1859 to Ohio, and 
both died in Portage County, Ohio, he January 22, 1877, and she September 26, 1878. All their children, 
except the youngest, were born in Venango County. 

1. Laura D. 8 Lyon, born September 29, 1844, died in Venango County, July 4, 1855. 

2. Herman Henderson 8 Lyon, born November 23, 1847, died in Venango County, May 4, 1848. 

3. David Lewis 8 Lyon, born May 22, 1849, died in Venango County, April 9, 1850. 

4. Versalos Sugar! 8 Lyon, born March 22, 1851, married in Atwater Township, Portage County, Ohio, 

January 18, 1870, Lpuisa Hutton. He was killed by the cars at Hanover Station, Ohio, January S, 
1873. 

1. Edward Aklien 9 Lyon, born March 16, 1871. 

2. Lyman Versalos 9 Lyon, born November 23, 1872. 

5. Eva Loretta 8 Lyou, born September 6, 1856, married in Atwater Township, June 24, 1875 Joshua Sebrell . 

6. William Bradley 8 Lyon, born September 8, 1859, died in Venango County, June 6, 1864. 

7. Lucy Maria 8 Lyon, born in Portage County, Ohio, September 20, 1870. 

7. Benjamin Franklin 7 Lyon, born November 19, 1821, married Cornelia Dodge ; residence Painesville, O. 

8. Marcus Herman 7 Lyon, born January 25, 1824, married Kate Martin and died at Appleton, Wis., August 20, 

1S7S. He had two daughters both of whom are dead. His widow re-married. 

9. Amerila Cordelia 7 Lyon, born July 21, 1826, married Silas Harvey Huntley, but had no children. They lived 

in Racine, Wis., where she died July 15, 1865. 

lO.Lewis 7 Lyon, February 25, 1829— March 6, 1S29 

11. Son, born and died April 15, 1830. 

12.Louisa Jane 7 Lyon, born December 13, 1831, removed to Pleasantville when she was seven years old, was mar- 
ried there, her children were born there, and tliere she lived and died. She married May 25, 1850, David 
Wesley Henderson, born in Pleasantville April 2, ls27, brother of Mary Rebecca Henderson, above. He is a 
bank cashier in Pleasantville. Louisa died April 10, 1889. She was a lady of rare excellence of character. 

1. Marcus Herman 8 Henderson, born March 11, 1S51, married February 22, 1S87, Nellie Henderson 

2. Emily Adelrna 8 Henderson, born May 9, 1852, married March 8, 1869, Edwin Skinner. 

3. Carrie LucippaS Henderson, born January 19, 1855, married September 29, 1S85, John L. Mattox. 

1. Kate Louisa 9 Mattox, born May 18, 1S87. 

4. Lola Montez 8 Henderson, born July 2, 1860. 

5. Jessie Maud 8 Henderson, born February 13, 1862, married October 21, 1885, William B. Stewart 

6. George Alfred 8 Henderson, born March 3, 1864. 



ioo The Wights. 



37S. Theron''' "Wight (Nathan 5 , Elnathan*, Joseph 3 , Samuel 1 , Thomas 1 ), born March 23, 
1794, made a journey in 1815 with his father to the then wilderness of western New York 
and selected him a permanent residence at Attica. He then went back to West Brimfield, 
but in February, 1S16, returned to Attica and erected a frame house and made other improve- 
ments which detained him until August. Again making the long journey eastward he mar- 
ried September 29, 1816, Louisa Thompson of Brimfield, who was born in Paxton, Mass., 
October 1, 1791, and whose mother's name was Bertha Washburn. The day after his mar- 
riage. Theron, with his wife and father, set out for his new home, the journey occupying 
twelve days. After a short stay his father returned and the little family was left alone. At 
Attica their four eldest children were born. The youngest child was born at Orangeville, 
Wyoming County, N. Y., to which place they had removed and where Louisa died Decem- 
ber 2, 1841. In the summer of 1869 Theron followed two of his sons to the fertile valley of 
New York, on the southern shore of Suisun Bay in Contra Costa County, California. Here 
he lived a life of quiet and seclusion with his books and light farm labors. Here he died 
July 24, 1873, and is buried in the family lot in Alhambra cemetery, town of Martinez, in 
Contra Costa County. 

CHILDREN. 

889.— 1. Martha Thompson, born July 23, 1817. 

890.— 2. Eliab, born September 6, 1819. 

891 3. William Eliab, born July 28, 1825, died in Orangeville, N. Y., November 8, 1841. 

892 i. Randolph Harvey, born August 18, 1827. 

893.-5. Charles Nathan, born August 5, 1833. 

379. Julitta Wight {Nathan", Elnathan 4 , Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 17, 
1799, married February 14, 1817, Grin, son of Henry and Lucy (Warner) Waters. Orin was 
born June 1, 1799, and died in Eockford, Floyd County, Iowa, January 7, 1886. The family 
lived in Chautauqua County, N. Y., and later near Portage, Wis., and Julitta died near Por- 
tage City, June 1, 1861. Her oldest child Juliaette owns a concordance of the Bible which 
belonged to Bev. Elnathan Wight (82) and which contains his autograph. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Juliaette Fairbanks 7 Waters, born March 2, 1820, married November 10, 1839, John Ami, son of John and Polly 

(Dryer) Barmore. Live in Forest City, la. 

1. Mary Eliza s Barmore, born December 20, 1810, married March 20, 1868, John Walton Mahoney. Resi- 

dence Forest City. 

2. George Alan s Barmore, born January 25, 1849, died at McGregor, Iowa, January 1, 1864. 

2. Lucy Cordelia 7 Waters, bom October 30, 1822, married August 28, 1S45, John Clark, son of Jesse and Margaret 

(ClarK) Jay. Lived at Ellington, la., and now at South Haven, Kansas. 

1. Sheldon Emory 8 Jay, born December 23, 1847, died at Lowville, Wis., July 3, 1849. 

2. Julia Margaret* Jay, born August 29, 1850, married April 22, 1868, Minor Barnum, and died at South 

Haven, Kansas, January 30, 1887. 

3. Emma Deette s Jay, born February 23, 1852, married February 23, 1876. Clark Wilson of Ellington. 

4. John Fred 8 Jay, born August 6, 1858, married July, 1886, Frances Mosier of White Lake, Dakota. 

3. Jefferson Eaton 7 Waters, born November 6, 1824, married December 23, 1871, Mrs. Eliza J. Waters, widow of his 

brother La Fayette C. 7 Waters. Live at Rockford, Iowa. 
1. Orin 8 Waters, born September, 1874. 

4. La Fayette Clinton 7 Waters, born June 1, 1827, died August 23, 1367, at Cambria, Wis., married December 28, 

1863^ Eliza Jane, daughter of Robert and Eleanor (Young) Hunter. She married second Jefferson E. 7 Waters. 
1. Julia Helen 8 Waters, born August 15, 1866. Residence Rockford. 

5. Adaline Antoinette 7 Waters, born March 16, 1830, married January 29, 1867, James Gardner, born March 25, 

1S07, son of Hugh and Jane (Welch) Culbertson. Live at Weston, Ohio, where Mr. Culbertsou died July 
17, 1888. 

6. Orlando Madison 7 Waters, born April 9, 1833, died unmarried at Fort Atkinson, la., July 3, 1866. 

7. Henriette Jerusha 7 Waters, born September 18, 1837, died near Grand Rapids, O., February 23, 1866; married 

October 17, 1861, Joseph Barr, son of James and Mary (Bell) Culbertson. 

1. Frank Waters 8 Culbertson, born February 2, 1866. Residence Grand Rapids. 

3S0. Seneca Wight (Eliab 5 , Elnathan 41 , Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born June 24, 1784, 
lived for three quarters of a century a quiet farmer's life in Bellingham. He married Octo- 
ber 2, 1817, Betsey Morse of Medway, born November 12, 1796. She died July 15, 1853, 
Seneca died October 4, 1859 — both in Bellingham. 

CHILD. 

895.— 1. Francis Leland, born in Bellingham, May 29, 1820. 

Note. Betsey Morse and her distinguished brother, Rev. Abner Morse, the genealogist, were children of 
Abner Morse (October 11, 1759— March 11, 1821), who, May 2, 1782, married Mille Leland (July 2, 1762— March 15, 
1821). They lived in Medfield. Abner Morse was sou of Ezekiel Morse (October 1, 1727— March 24, 17781 and 
Rebecca Cozzens (183, Note 3). Ezekiel Morse was son of Henry Morse (June 14, 1703— April 5, 1766), who mar- 
ried April 11, 1725. Sarah Kibbey. She died at Medway, aged 64, November 17, 1762. Henry Morse was sou of 
Joseph Morse (March 25, 1679— April 18, 1754) of Sherhorn, who, April 14, 1702, married Prudence, daughter of 
Henry and Prudence (Frary) Adams (189, Note). Prudence Adams was born April 10, 1683, and died in Sher- 
born in 1772. Joseph Morse was sou of Joseph and Mehetabel (Wood) Morse (7, Note 2). See Tilden's Medfield, 
282 ; Morse's Memorial, 59 ; Morse's iSherborn and Hottislon, 183 ; Jameson's Medway, 504 ; Leland's Leland Magazine, 31. 

381. Abigail Wight (Eliab", Elnathan 4 ', Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , TJiomas 1 ), born October 11, 
1786, married December 16, 1817, Samuel Torrey Reade of Worcester, Mass., born October 
17, 1774. Her married life was passed in Worcester where her husband died April 1, 1832, 
leaving her with six children. These she educated in the best schools at Worcester, supple- 
menting their instruction there by sending her daughters to the Charlestown Female Semi- 



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nary and Leicester Academy, and by sending her sons to Amherst and Brown. In 1860 
following her children westward she took up her abode at Romeo, Mich., where she 
remained until her death August 14, 1887, aged 100 years, 10 months, 3 days. She was a 
subscriber to the Worcester Spy (from which I condense this article) for 70 years and up to 
the day of her death none of its younger readers was more deeply interested in its contents. 
She sought comfort and solace in her Bible and other devotional books, yet she kept herself 
fully informed upon political matters and the great questions of the day. Her mind was 
unclouded until her death and her memory good. The morning of her one-hundredth 
birthday was a solemn occasion, since she felt that her end must be near, but her genial 
spirit revived and continued to the last. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Mary Torrey 7 Reade, born September 4, 1820, married November 1, 1842, Joel P. Muzzy, born August 27, 1816. 

They live in Romeo, Mich. 

1. Abbie Reade 8 Muzzy, October 24, 1843— September 14, 1847. 

2. Maria Augusta 8 Muzzy, born October 8, 1846. 

3. Alfred Dwight 8 Muzzy, born August 4, 1850, lives in Chicago, 111.; married Delia Lee, of Detroit, Mich., 

January 31, 1883. 

4. Abbie Elizabeth 8 Muzzy, born September 22, 1854. 

5. Mary 8 Muzzy, April 10, 1862— June 23. 1862. 

6. Joel Howard 8 Muzzv, born February 23, 1865, lives in Detroit. 

2. Samuel Torrey Wight 7 Reade, January 22, 1822— December 26, 1822. 

3. Abigail Wight 7 Reade. born December 7, 1823, lives in Romeo. Mich. 

4. Maria Hawes 7 Reade, born June 24, 1825, lives in Lombard, 111. 

5. Lucy Wheelock Warren 7 Reade, born August 2, 1827, died November 17, 1841. 

6. Josiiih Torrey 7 Reade, born August 4, 1829, Amherst, 1856, married December 22, 1860, Christia Murray of 

Delhi, N. Y. She died May 14, 1868. He lives in Lombard, 111. 

1. Harry Wight 8 Reade, born September 20, 1861, lives in Chicago, 111. 

2. Alice Murray 8 Reade, born October 31, 1864. 

3. Christia 8 Reade, born April 29, 1868. 

. 7. Samuel Austin 7 Reade, born January 18, 1832, Brown University, 1854, married September 25, 1864, Helen E. 
Sill, of Hartford, N. Y., born August 29, 1841. He is cashier of the Citizens' National Bank of Romeo. 
1. Richard Sill 8 Reade, born March 6, 1866, lives at Romeo. 
2 Herbert Wight 8 Reade, born August 20, 1867, lives at Whitney, Mich. 

3. Mary Harris 8 Reade, December 22, 1874— August 1, 1877. 

4. Harold Harris 8 Reade, born August 16, 1879. 

3S2. Patty 6 "Wight (Eliab 5 , Elnathan*, Joseph 9 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born June 26, 1788, 
married November 16, 1815, Tyler Daniels of Woonsocket, R. I., born in Mendon, Mass., Sep- 
tember 13, 1788. She lived for fifty years in Woonsocket, and died there August 9, 1884, at 
the residence of Alonzo D. Vose (385). She had no children. She was long familiarly and 
lovingly known as Aunt Patty. She was " a lady of excellent parts, being of even tempera- 
ment and kind and affectionate disposition. To know her was to love her. Pleasant words 
and a cheerful smile for all with whom she was acquainted endeared her to all, and her life, 
though prolonged far beyond that allowed to the great majority of the human race, will be 
sadly missed by those who were near and dear to her. The lamp of that life burned with 
steady flame to the last, its light shedding happiness in the home circle and going out to 
other homes, leaving a subdued halo behind, which even now seems unextinguished." — 
Tyler Daniels died in Woonsocket, March 25, 1864. 

383. Amherst 6 Wight (Eliab 5 , Elnathan*, Joseph*, Samuel 2 , Tliomas 1 ), born June 15, 1791, 
graduated at Brown University in 1813, and started immediately for New York to take up 
his abode. I have before me a copy of a letter written by him in New York November 15, 
1813, to his sister Patty. In a sprightly vein it depicts his own straitened circumstances and 
his determination to conquer success. Amherst became a lawyer in New York where he 
practiced for 60 years. He married April 12, 1826, Joanna G., daughter of John and Eliza- 
beth (Blake) Sanderson. ' Joanna was born at Washington's headquarters, Newburg. Am- 
herst's children were born in New York. He removed to Port Chester, N. Y., in 1861, 
where at his residence on King street, he died January 10, 1879. He was buried at Green- 
wood, in Brooklyn. His widow went to Brooklyn to reside and died there in her 85th year, 
July 28, 1882. 

Concerning this " attorney of the old time school," I clip the following from the New 
York Evening^ Post, written in January, 1879, by Luther P. Hubbard (Hubbard's Hubbard 
Family, 14), his successor as secretary of the New England Society: 

He was a man of fine and venerable presence, with a beautiful eye and a hearty, sweet countenance beam- 
ing with life, which would attract notice anywhere. He was the oldest member of the New England Society. 
In 1816 he was elected a member of the New England Society, and in January, 1817, was elected secretary, and 
retained the office until 1822. After the fire in Barclay street, which burned up his valuable collection of 
abstracts of titles, he began again with all the energy of a young man to replace and add to the list. His car- 
riage was remarkably dignified. He had a very pleasant voice and an easy flow of lauguage. The children of 
the street would stop and smile and talk with him. He was an earnest religious man, and very lately was engaged 
in reading a Greek testament so as to ensure a strictly true understanding of the Bible. I call him my illustrious 
predecessor. I have known much pleasure in talking over old times with him. He leaves a large number of 
grandchildren. His son, Amherst Wight, Jr., a very excellent lawyer of great promise, died two years ago in 
his very prime and vigor. Mr. Wight was eighty-seven years old the 15th of last June, and planted, as was his 
custom", a hill of corn for every year of his life— eighty-seven hills this time. He was far-seeing, trustworthy, 
careful and accurate as a lawyer. Socially he was exceedingly delightful. 



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CHILDREN. 

896.— 1. Jane Elizabeth, born February 28, 1827. 

897. — 2. Amherst, born August 15,. 1828. 

898 3. Mary Morrell. born August 16, 1881. 

899. — i. Julia, born September 18, 1833. 

900.— 5. Jemima H.uves, born October 7, 1835. 

901.— 6. Peter Bonnett, born August 1, 1838. 

381. Austin 6 Wight {Eliab 5 , Elnathan*, Joseph' 1 , Samuel 2 , Thomas' 1 ), born April 6, 1793, 
died June 2, 1798. A number of men and large boys was at work upon the highway. They 
made frequent use of the rum bottle and enticed the little fellow to drink. He took so much 
that he died the next night. 

355. Nancy 6 Wight (Eliab 5 , Elnathan*, Joseph 8 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 25, 1796, 
married August 31, 1817, John Cook of Bellingham, born there February 8, 1795, and died 
there December 5, 1837. She was his second wife. She died in Bellingham, August 20, 1849. 

descendants. 

1. Julia Maria 7 Cook. (November 28, 1S18— April 23,1844); married Martin Roekwood of Bellingham, and had 

Edward Elias*. born August 4, 1839: Henry Martin s , born March 4, 1842 ; and Francis Albert 8 Roekwood, 
born October 21, 1843, died young. 

2. Nancy Wight 7 Cook, born March 20, 1821, died unmarried in Woonsocket, R. I., October 31, 1856. 
S. MaryMayo 7 Cook, born May 25, 1823, died unmarried in Woonsocket. March 22, 1855. 

4. Martha Daniels 7 Cook, born October 1, 1825, died in Woonsocket, February 11,1883. She married November 

4, 1844, Alonzo D. Yose of Woonsocket, born in Cumberland, R. I., October 4, 1823. No children. 

5. John Mayo 7 Cook, born June 14, 1831 died in Bellingham, November 28, 1849. 

'6. Lucius Austin 7 Cook, born July 20, 1833, married in Woonsocket, Elmira M. Bennett. Lives in Woonsocket. 

1. John Austin® Cook, married. 

2. Waldo Stephen 8 * Cook, married. 

3. Mattie Louise 8 Cook. 

356. Eliab 6 Wight (Eliab 5 , Elnathan*, Joseph* , Samuel 2 , Tltomas 1 ), born July 14, 1798 
married in Dover May 29, 1827, Mary Wilson, daughter of John and Abigail (Richards) 
Chickering, born March 27, 1805, died'February 14, 1874. No children. Eliab died in Belling- 
ham, September 28, 1879. in the same house in which both he and his father had been born, 
the parsonage of Rev. Elnathan 4 Wight (82). This house is a large square building, w T ell-pre- 
served, with an immense and shapely elm in front, planted by Rev. Elnathan. After the 
death of Eliab 6 Wight, in ]879, therewas an auction at the old parsonage, and a collection of 
sermons, written by Rev. Elnathan, was bought by a Mr. Horace Roekwood. Where the 
sermons or their purchaser are, I know not. 

357. Jemima 6 Wight (Eliab 5 , Elnathan' 1 , Joseph 9 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 8, 
1801, married July 21, 1822, Billings Mann of Leicester, and died in Fitchburg September 26, 
1823, upon the birth of her first, child. Billings was born in Worcester in 1797. He married 
second, July 30, 1828, Harriet Lucas Daniels, born in Dedham February 9, 1S09, died in Lei- 
cester in February, 1877. Billings died in Leicester in 1879, having had ten children by his 
second marriage. Register XXVIII, 190. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Jemima 7 Mann, born September 14, 1823. married May 10, 1844, Theron Edmund Hall, born in Sutton, Novem- 
ber 8, 1821. They lived in Holden, Mass., 20 years, and then moved to Worcester. He died in San Diego, 
Cal., August 4, 1880. Jemima is living in Natick. 

1. Mary Ellen 8 Hall, born in Holden, November 9, 1845, married January 16, 1865, Capt. Henry L. Glea- 

son, born in Langdon, N. H., March, 1841. They live iu Natick. 

1. AnDie Shelden" Gleason, born in Webster May 6, 1866, married at residence of Rev. Daniel 7 

Wight (1334) Natick, January 28. 18S7, Charles Henry Atwood of Natick. They live in Natick. 

2. Harry Longfellow" Gleason, born in Natick, April 22, 1868. 

3. Florence May" Gleason, born in Natick, July 27, 1873. 

4. Theron Edmund" Gleason, born in Natick December 2, 1875, 

2. Edmund Billings 8 Hall, born July 11, 1850, died in Worcester, July 14, 18S2. 

3. Abbie Slocum 8 Hall, born May 5, 1855. 

Note. Therou E. Hall, who married Jemima Mann, entered the Union army at the beginning of the rebel- 
lion, and served until the close of the war, being then a colonel. He was made Superintendent of the Soldiers' 
Home at Portland, Maine. His health being much shattered, the family in November, 1875, moved to San 
Diego. He died there much respected and honored. In 1881 the family returned East and settled in Natick 
where they now reside. See Slocum's Slucum Family, for his ancestry. In that volume, p. 519, Jemima is called 
Wright. 

388. David 6 Wight {David 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 9 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 19. 1761, 
received from his father on becoming of age 58 acres of wild land in Sturbridge, which he 
began forthwith to clear and prepare for cultivation. In the spring of 1782 he made a tour 
to Medway and Boston and upon returning home he fell in company with Susanna Harding 
of Medway, who was journeying to Sturbridge to visit friends. The acquaintance thus 
formed resulted in marriage in Medway, November 7, 1782 (Davis' Sturbridge and Soutlibridge, 
29). David's home in Sturbridge was upon the south side of the Quinebaug river, on 
premises since occupied by his son and grandson, both named David. All the children of 
David and Susanna were born in Sturbridge, and there David died October 27, 1813, and 
there his widow died August 22, 1829. 



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At several periods, David represented the town in the General Court, and officiated as Town Clerk, and Jus- 
tice of the Peace many years. Those several trusts were discharged to the public acceptance. He frequently sat 
as a magistrate in the trial of actions. In this capacity he showed a discriminating mind, good common sense, 
and a desire that justice should be done to parties. He was above partiality or bias. Whatever he undertook, 
was executed with promptness and energy. He was an apt writer in point of penmanship and composition. 
Frequently called upou to draft instruments of various kinds, he could with great ease, shift his hand from 
the plow to the pen, and perform services of this sort with uncommon accuracy and propriety, considering his 
advantages. This we are ready to believe, was in some degree, a hereditary talent. He was active in promoting 
the instruction of the rising generation, religious institutions, and public improvements. He exemplified in his 
life his religious profession. His residence, since the residence of his son. Col. David, in the midst of rural 
beauty, always attracts the particular notice of the passing traveller. He was cut down in the midst of his use- 
fulness, and in the maturity of all his faculties. (Davis' Slurbridge and Southbridc/e, 32). 

CHILDREN. 

903.— 1. Raddai, born February 1, 1784, died January 26, 1786. 

903.— 2. David, born November 16, 1785, died November 26, 1785. 

904 — 3. David, born November 5, 1786. 

905 — 4. Thomas Harding, born August 11, 1788, died unmarried August 14, 1853. 

906 5. Susanna, born October 24, 1790. 

907 — 6. Augusta, born June 13, 1792, died July 12, 1792. 

908. — 7. Augusta, born September 15, 1793. 

909.— 8. Matilda, born February 5, 1796, died unmarried September 1, 1875. 

910.— 9. Calvin, born September 15, 1797, died unmarried Februarv 19, 1878. 

911.— 10. Marin da, born March 26, 1799. ' 

912 — 11. Raddai, born April 21, 1802. 

913.— 12. Hannah, born March 3, 1806, died uumarried in Sturbridge, August 4, 1881. 
Note. Susanna Harding, daughter of Thomas and Susanna (Cummiugs) Harding, was born in Medway 
March 3, 1765. Her father, born May 13, 1722, was son of Thomas Harding, born December 15, 1692. The elder 
Thomas was brother of Abraham Harding, who married Ruth 3 Wight (45). 

390. Oliver 8 Wight (David 5 , Jonathan 4 ", Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 
27, 1765, settled in that part of Sturbridge where the late Ebenezer Howard lived and died. 
He was a cabinet maker by trade. (Davis' Sturbridge and Southbridge, 32.) He married in 
Sturbridge July 5, 1786, Harmony Child of Woodstock, Conn., whom I have sought in vain 
in Child's Child Genealogy, although it contains many Woodstock names. She died aged 96, 
May 20, 1861. Oliver died October 27, 1837, in Sturbridge. There also were born their 

children. 
914 — 1. Catharine, born November 12, 1786. 
915.— 2. Polly, born July 2, 1788. 
916. — 3. Harmony, born March 14, 1790. 
917 — I. Silence, born December 25, 1791, died September 23, 1795. 

918 5. Mercy, born December 22, 1793. 

919.— 6. Silence, born February 7, 1796. 
930 — 7. Harriet, born May 13, 1798. 

931 8. Oliver Butler, born April 7, 1800. 

922 9. Pierpoint Edwards, born August 25, 1802. 

923.— 10. Joshua Morse, born March 30, 1804. 
934 — 11. Phermele, born January 6, 1806. 

391. Alpheus 6 Wight (David 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan*, Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Septem- 
ber 16, 1770, married January 5, 1792, Miriam 7 Belknap (40) of Sturbridge, born there Feb- 
ruary 25, 1772. Alpheus, universally known by the title of Captain, finished and occupied 
the house later owned by Winthrop 7 Wight (933), which Festus Wight (389) had begun 
but died before completing. Here Captain Alpheus lived until his death, and here his chil- 
dren were born. His wife died in Sturbridge, November 25, 1822. He again married Octo- 
ber 19, 1826, Mrs. Mary Hitchcock Howe of West Brooktield . Captain Alpheus died June 
30, 1851; his widow died in Sturbridge, February 9, 1873. Captain Wight was far-sighted, 
enterprising and discreet in his calculations. He had large grist and saw mills at Wight Vil- 
lage and dug with the spade a canal about half a mile in length, skirting the road and ter- 
minating at his mills. " In 1799 he began to dig the canal to take water from the river for 
his grist and saw mill. After a very arduous and expensive work through the years 1800 
and 1801, the grist mill was started October 24, 1801." The accomplishment of this under- 
taking was always a source of gratification to Captain Wight. His mills had full employment 
for more thon sixty years and until their removal for more recent buildings. Captain Wight 
will be remembered as the man who prepared the way for the flattering prosperity of Wight 
Village. (Davis' Sturbridge and Southbridge, 33, 34; Chase's Plimpton family , 116). This village 
grew up in Sturbidg'e, around the industries of Captain Wight. 

children. 

925 1. Festus, born October 17, 1793. 

926 — 2. Miriam, born March 3, 1795, died unmarried at Sturbridge, November 4, 1822. 
927.-3. Buckminster, born February 5, 1797. 
928.-4. Sarah, born October 31, 1798. 

929 5. Caroline, born March 22, 1800. 

930 — 6. Betsey, born December 13, 1801. 

931.— 7. Evelina, born February 26, 1804. 

932.-8. Eliza, born November 19, 1805, died unmarried in Sturbridge, October 31, 1842. 

933.-9. Winthrop, born November 7, 1807. 

934.— 10. Nancy, born July 16, 1809, died unmarried at Detroit, Mich., October 18, 1832. 

935 — 11. Lothrop, born August 13, 1811. 

936 — 12. Alpheus, born April 6, 1813, died unmarried at Detroit, July 22, 1885. 

937.— 13. Adaline, born February 1, 1816. 

938.— 14. Charles Pinckney, born August 29, 1827, died unmarried at Sturbridge, April 22, 1856. 



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392. Amos Wight {Jonathan 3 , Jonathan 4 ', Jonathan 8 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 
15, 1760, married January 14, 1799, Hannah Morse, born September 25, 1761. (Morse's 
Memorial, 6.) Her death as the wife of Captain Amos Wight is given in the Dover records 
as on March 13, 1793. Until after his second marriage Amos resided in Dover where his chil- 
dren were born. He married June 27, 1811, Lavinia Perry of Medfieid, born April 20, 
1764. Thereupon Amos removed to Medfieid, occupying the place recently owned by Isaac 
C. Lane, which formerly belonged to the Perrys. Amos was selectman of Medfieid in 1821 
(Tilden's Medfieid, 517, 223). Lavinia died December 18, 1842. Amos died in Dover, April 
24, 1845. 

CHILDREN. 

939 1. Hannah, born September 26, 1790. 

940.— 2. Abigail, born December 21, 1792. 
Note. Hannah Morse was daughter of John Morse (1721 — 1814) of Dover, by his wife Elizabeth. John was 
brother of Sarah Morse, who married Samuel 5 Ellis (23). John's parents were Nathaniel Morse (1685 — 1778), who 
married February 3, 1719-20, Sarah Coolidge. (Bond's Waterlown,_ 167 ; Morse's Memorial, 3, 4). Nathaniel Morse 
was son of Joseph and Priseilla (Colburn) Morse (7, Nole.2). — Lavinia Perry was daughter of Judge Daniel and 
Thankful (Morsel Perry. .1 udge Daniel was born in Sherborn, moved to Medfieid about 1771, and was doubtless 
one of the most influential men in the town during the Revolutionary period. He was Judge of the Court of 
Common Pleas. His wife Thankful Morse (1724 — 1809), whom he married in 1758, was sister of Hannah Morse, 
who married Seth 1 Wight (97). Judge Perry was son of John Perry of Roxbury and Sherborn, who married in 
1065, Bethia Morse (March 24, 1648 — 1717). She was sister of Lydia Morse, who married Ephraim- Wight (7). 

393. Sarah Wight (Jonathan 5 , Jonathan" 1 , Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Decem- 
ber 27, 1764, married in Medfieid July 22, 1790, Obed Hartshorn of Dover, born March 30, 
1761, son of Moses and Elizabeth (Smith) Hartshorn of Medfieid. Obed died February 17, 
1843, his widow very nearly completed a full century and died May 16, 1864. Their children 
were born in Dover. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Sally 7 Hartshorn, April 7, 1791— December 16, 1875. 

2. Rebecca 7 Hartshorn, born August 23, 1796, married December 27, 1855, Moses Richardson, who died February 

2, 1859. Rebecca was living in 1889. 

3. Moses 7 Hartshorn, August 21, 1798— February 17, 1869. 

4. Obed 7 Hartshorn, born October 23, 1802, married in 1835, in Medfieid his second cousin Silence 7 Adams (192). 

Obed died in Medfieid, July 12, 1880 ; Silence was living in 1889. 

1. Josephine 8 Hartshorn, born in Dover, married February 11, 1867, Stillman J., born April 25, 1839, son 
of Dr. Jesse and Mary Spear of Boston. No children. They live in Medfieid. 

395. Jonathan 6 Wight (Jonathan 5 , Jonathan* , Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 
12, 1769, married January 8, 1794, Sarah, born April 11, 1769, daughter of Simon and Mary 
(Gardner) Harding. Jonathan was selectman of Medfieid 1815, '16, '20, '24. His children 
were born in Medfieid. Sarah died August 21, 1844, Jonathan died June 1, 1850, both in 
Medfieid. — Simon Harding was brother of Abraham Harding, at Horatio Adams (192). 

CHILDREN. 

941.— 1. Sally, born August 16, 1794, dfed unmarried in Medfieid, October 29, 1850. 

942. — 2. Jonathan, born Januarv 2, 1796. 

943.-3. Orion, born February 19, 1799. 

944.-4. Mary, born January 31, 1805, died unmarried, November 15, 1830. 

396. Nathan Wight (Jonathan 5 , Jonathan 4 ', Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Feb- 
ruary 2, 1772, married in Medfieid, April 18, 1799, Abigail Adams (189, Note), born in Med- 
fieid, January 7, 1770. They had no children. Nathan occupied in Medfieid the place on 
Farm street which is now the property of his grand-nephew Benjamin Franklin 8 Shumway 
(940). Nathan was selectman 1807, '19, '20, '29, '37, '38. He died July 22, 1850, his widow- 
died October 13, 1860 — both in Medfieid. Nathan was one of the few Medfieid subscribers, 
in 1825, to the erection of Bunker Hill monument. (Tilden's Medfieid, 226.) 

397. Molly Kittredge 6 Wight (Aaron 5 , Jonathan 4 , Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
August 7, 1768, married February 19, 1789, David Eames of Hopkinton, born March 11, 1767. 
They lived in Hopkinton until 1794, then removed to Weston, Oneida County, N. Y., and in 
1801 removed to Rutland, N. Y. Mrs. Eames died February 4, 1842. Her husband died 
September 13, 1855. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Kittredge Wight 7 Eames, born June 30, 1789, died unmarried in Rutland, August 9, 1862. He was very 

eccentric. 

2. Daniel 7 Eames, born December 26, 1790, died in Weston, July 17, 1794. 

3. Jemima 7 Eames, born June 13, 1792, died in Rutland, August 29, 1806. 

4. Jesse 7 Eames, born May 24, 1794, died in Weston, July 11, 1794. 

5. Daniel 7 Eames, born and died March 9, 1796. 

6. Daniel Wight 7 Eames, born February 1C, 1797, married December 12, 1822, Laura Cone (May 26, 1799— April 30, 

1871). Lived, 1882, in Constableville, Essex Co., N. Y. 

1. Daniel Duane 8 Eames, born February 15, 1824, married February 19, 1851, Sophronia Lewis, born 
August 28, 1826. Residence, Volney, Oswego Co., N. Y. 

1. Daniel Wiufield" Eames, born September 24. 1852. 

2. Willis Duane" Eames, June 26, 1855— August 15, 1865. 

3. Lewis" Eames, born September 3, 1857. 



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4. Jessie Dorcas 9 Eames, born December 14, 1859. 

5. Clark" Eames, born December 19, 1862. 

2. Augustus Almanson 8 Eames, born July 31, 1825, married September 27, 1854, Semautha Markham, who 

died January 29, 1861. He then married Julia Adams, born February 10, 1837. Residence Constable- 
ville. He had at least Semantha Mary 1 ' Eames, born March 9, 1874 ; and Laura Elizabeth" Eames, 
born April 21, 1876. 

3. Mary Kittredge 8 Eames, September 13, 1827— August 2, 1828. 

4. Moses Jay 8 Eames, born January 12, 1829, married February 9, 1854, Rally Legal, born August 20, 1829. 

Residence, Constableville. Children: Mary Jane 9 Eames, born January 18, 1855 ; Howard Clift 9 
Eames, born May 15, 1857; Laura 9 Eames and Clara 9 Eames (twins), born May 9, 1801; Fannie 9 
Eames, born August 21, 1868. 

5. Galusha Parsons 8 Eames, born October 20, 1831, married January 7, 1869, Alzina E. Pierce, born Septem- 

ber 1, 1843. Residence, Constableville. Children: Harriet A. 9 Eames, born May 3, 1870; Edna" 
Eames, born September 11, 1873. 

7. Aaron? Eames, February 16, 1797— March 8, 1797. 

8. Harriet? Eames, born May 16, 1799, died in Rutland. June 26, 1812. 

9. Dorcas 7 Eames, born May 26, 1801, was living in Watertown, N. Y., in 1882; married March 29, 1826, Gardner 

Towne (November 29, 1796— June 20, 1879). 

1. Harriet Jeanette 8 Towne, born January 1, 1834, married December 31, 1854, William G. Pierce, born 

September 26, 1826. 
lO.Clift? Eames (January 17, 1804— March 19, 1873), married October 5, 1826, Harriet Webb, born December 4, 1805. 
She died childless January 24, 1831. He married February 2, 1832, Lucy Ann Tyler, born January 3, 1807, 
died in 1882. Eight children, including : 

2. Harriet C. s Eames, born July 22, 1834, married September 8, 1857, William Allen Winslow, born July 

23, 1833. Residence, Rodman, Jefferson County, N. Y. They have Frank Tobv 9 Winslow, born April 
2, 1870. 
4. David Josiah 8 Eames, born January 7, 18S9, married September 27, 1860, Caroline Warner, born June 
10, 1838. Residence, Watertown, N. Y. Children: Lucy Loretta 9 Eames, born April 18, 1866; Ellen 
Dorcas 9 Eames, born June 3, 1870 ; Anna Belle 9 Eames, born March 4, 1877. 

6. Henry Clift 8 Eames, born October 21, 1843, married December 24, 1872, Alice Hadcock, born February 

10, 1854. Residence, Rutland, N. Y. Children: Grace M. 9 Eames, born June 19, 1874; Charles 
Clift 9 Fames, born April 11, 1876 ; Wallace Daniel 9 Eames, born September 22, 1878. 

7. Charles Towne 8 Eames, born October 7, 1846, died December 1, 1864, in an army hospital. 

11. Aaron? Eames (March 27, 1806— January 5, 1873), married January 3, 1827, Mary Sterrett (February 16, 1809— 
February 16, 1832). He then married January 18, J833, Orpha Williams (March 11, 1802— March 25, 1880). 
Two children, who died young. 

12.Moses? Eames, born March 19, 1808, married June 7, 1837, Delia Ann Howk (October 4, 1811— February 18, 
1865). With much labor and zeal this Mr. Eames prepared for me the record of his grandfather's descend- 
ants. Residence, Watertown, N. Y. 

1. Delia Jane 8 Eames (October 12, 1840— March 29, 1870) of Rochester, N. Y., married December 24, 1802, 

La Fayette Beach, born May 8, 1834, and had Alice Eames 9 Beach, born October 4, 1863. 

2. Mary Alice 8 Eames (October 22, 1842-October 9, 1876); married July 30, 1867, James Phelan (March 29, 

1833— December 29, 1874), and had Arthur Burley 9 Phelan, born June 20, 1870, who lives in New York. 
13.Lovett? Eames (September 22, 1810 -September 6, 1863), married May 23, 1835, Lucy C. Morgan, bom June 22, 
1811. Residence, Kalamazoo, Mich. Eight children, including : 

1. Elisha Daniel 8 Eames, born May 23, 1836, married June 18, 1863, Mary Robinson, born January 12, 1842. 

2. Lucia A. 8 Eames, born June 7, 1841, married August 2, 1864, Henry Fitch Blount, born May 1, 1829. 

Residence, Evansville, Ind. Children: Mary Forbes 9 Blount, born June 27, 1866; Harry Morgan 9 
Blount, born March 31, 1871, died June 22, 1871 ; Bessie Herrick 9 Blount, born June 20, 1872 ; Helen 
Eames 9 Blount, born February 8, 1876; Henry Fitch 9 Blount, born April 2, 1880; Walter Eames 9 
Blount, born September 4, 1881. 

3. Fredeiick William 8 Eames, born November 19, 1843, married November 29, 1870, Mattie L. Shilling, 

born June 15, 1846. Residence, Watertown, N. Y. Children : Lovett 9 Eames, born August 25, 1875 ; 
Frederick Newton 9 Eames, born August 17, 1877, died August 6, 1878. 

4. Wilford 8 Eames, born February 6, 1846, married in August, 1873, Harriet A. Case. Child, Daisy 9 

Eames, born in July, 1874. 
8. Ellen Dorcas 8 Eames, born September 23, 1854, married December 2, 1878, Christian DeGraff, born 
April 29, 1*37. Children: Cora 9 DeGraff, born December 18, 1874; Edgar Adolph 9 DeGraff, born Sep- 
tember 4, 1876 ; Jennie 9 DeGraff, born January 28, 1878, died July 5, 1878 ; Lucy Morgan 9 DeGraff, 
born May, 1882. 

Note. Tbomas Eames who came from England about 1638, aged about 20, died January 15, 1680. He mar- 
ried about 1662 the widow Mary Padelford, who was massacred by the Indians in February, 1676 Their son 
Nathaniel (December 30, 1668— January 1, 1746), had by wife Anne a son Daniel Eames of Hopkinton, born March 
20, 1712. He married September 21, 1738, Silence Leland (Leland's Leland Magazine, 190). Daniel and Silence had 
a son Daniel (April 8, 1740— June 22, 1812) who married November 25, 1761, Mary Cutler (September 18, 1744— 
November 26, 1822). The son of Daniel and Mary was the Daniel Fames who married Molly Kittredge 6 Wight, 
above. (Barry's Framingham, 227, 233 ; Morse's Sherborn and Hollislon, 79, 80.) 

399. Patty Wight (Aaron 5 , Jonathan 4 ', Jonathan/*, Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 19, 
1778, married December 26, 1797, Moses Richardson, a farmer of Medwav. He was born 
April 3, 1776, and died February 2, 1859. Patty died August 28, 1854. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Abigail? Richardson, born March 15, 1800, married Simeon Richardson of Medway, born March 16, 1799. 

1. Moses 8 Richardson, born October 3, 1822, married April 9, 1851, Caroline Augusta? Wight (!)5G). 

2. Martha 8 Richardson, born December 12, 1826, married in 1857, Chapman S. Ricker. Children: Abby 9 

Ricker, born September 13, 1858; Carrie A. 9 Ricker, born March 4, 1860 ; Cora F. 9 Ricker, born April 
16, 1861, died October 5, 1861; Mary J. 9 Ricker, born October 7, 1863; Chapman A. 9 Ricker, born 
February 3, 1865, died May 3, 1865 ; George W. 9 Ricker, born May 3, 1867. 
8. Mary 8 Richardson, born December 12, 1826, is dead. 

2. Patty? Richardson, born June 21, 1805, married April 27, 1823, Warren Colburn, born November 27, 1801. 

1. Martha 8 Colburn, born February 28, 1826, married April 26, 1848, John Kittredge? Wight (947). 

2. Mary E. 8 Colburn, April 2, 1829— October, 1839. 

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8. Benjamin W. 8 Colburn, born October 13, 1832. 

4. Harriet E. 8 Colburn, born November 9, 1836. 

5. Mary E. 8 Colburn, born October 10,1842, married in 18:2, William H. Seavery, and had Edwin A. 5 ' 

Seavery, born October 1, 1873, and Helen Frances" Seavery, born September 17, 1878. 

Note. Richardson : The descendants of three early New England Richardsons intermarried with Wights. 
These three were Samuel Richardson of Woburn ; John Richardson of Watertown and William Richardson of 
Newbury. What relationship if any, these persons sustained to each other has not yet been disclosed. Vinton's 
Richardson Memorial is authority for the following pedigree : 

1. Samuel Richardson, born in England not far from 16in, assisted in the settlement of Woburn in 1640. 

He died March 23. 1658. Wife Joanna. Their son Joseph Richardson (July 27, 1643— March 5, 1717-8), 
of Woburn, married November 5, 1666, Hannah Green who died May 20, 1721. They had a son Joseph 
(May 19, 1672— December 5, 1754) of Woburn, who married October 24, 1693, Mary Blodget (September 
15, 1673 -March 11, 1752) of Woburn. They had a son Josiah, born January 12, 1701-2, husband of 
Experience 1 Wight (57). 

2. John Richardson of Watertown, is presumed to have beeu the father of John Richardson of Medfield 

who there May 1, 1679, married Rebecca Clark, born August 16, 1660, youngest child of Joseph and 
Alice Clark (16). John died in Medtield May 29, 1667, his widow remarried and died February 17, 
1738-9. John's eldest child, also John (August 25, 1679— May 19, 1759), married Esther Breck of Med- 
tield. They lived in what is now East Medway. Of their "twelve children were Moses (February 8, 
1717-8— April 6, 1797), and Asa (October 16, mO-^July 15, 1764) Richardson. Moses married March 17, 
1740. Abigail Allen, who died aged 90, June 10, 1807. Moses' oldest child, also Moses, born 1741, 
married 1774, Abigail Daniels, daughter of Hon. Jeremiah and Mercy (Clark) Daniels of Medway 
(Abigail's sister Mercy Daniels was the wife of Abijah 6 Richardson (21). Moses and Abigail had a 
son Moses Richardson, born April 3. 1776, who married Patty" Wight, above. The third child, of 
Moses and Abigail (Allen) Richardson was Simeon, born June 27, 1744, of Medway, whose wife was 
Elizabeth Jones of Medway. They had ten children, one of whom, Pearlee, born June 20. 1790, was 
the wife of Joseph Lovell 7 Richardson (21). Pearlee's brother Simeon, born May 16, 1799, married 
Abigail 7 Richardson above, daughter of Moses and Patty" (Wight) Richardson. — Another of the twelve 
children of John and Esther (Breck)Richardson, said Asa, married 1740, Abigail^ Barber (21). — John 
and Rebecca (Clark) Richardson had a son Joseph, born about 1687, who married in Boston, October 
18, 1706. Hannah, born September 25, 1683, daughter of Samuel Barber and granddaughter of George 
Barbour "a puritan of distinction", (21). Joseph's second child Mary Richardson, married Thomas 1 
Wight (64): Joseph's fourth child, James Richardson (March 14. 1715-6 — 1801) of Medfield, married 
Hannah Clapp. James' oldest child Hannah, born August 13, 1769, died September J, 1843, married 
David" Plimpton (186). 

3. William Richardson, born about 1620 in England, settled about 1640 in Newbury, and married August 

23, 1654, Elizabeth Wiseman, and died March 25, 1657. His son Joseph of West Newbury, born May 18. 
1655. married July 12, 1681, Margaret Godfrey of Newbury. Their son Daniel (April 4, 1692 — 1774) of 
Methuen, by wife Lyclia had a son Stephen of Dracut. who married Mary Chase of West Newbury. 
Stephen's son John Barnard Richardson, born about 1768, married Mabel Wolcott (Wolcott's Henri/ 
WolcoU. 208). and had a son Rey. Henry, born in Springfield, Mass., November 28, 1799. He married 
September 3, 1833, Eunice Farley Thurston, born November 19, 1812, of Winthrop, Maine. He was 
settled in Sidnev, Brownville and Gilead. Me, His daughter Marv Elizabeth Richardson, born in 
Gilead, May 2, 1841, was wife of William Reed 8 Peabody (1044). 

400. Catherine Wight (Aaron 5 , Jonathan 4 ', Jonathan*, Samuel' 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Novem- 
ber 30, 1779, married July 15, 1802, Joseph L. Robbins of Washington, N. H.,born September 
13, 1779. Mrs. Robbins died October 3, 1857; her husband died February 6, 1861. 

descendants. 

1. Clement" Robbins, born February 1, 1803, died in 1866 ; married Frances Bergen, by whom he had one child, 

and, second, Gertrude Smith. Children, Frances C. s ; Clement s ; Horace 8 ; Joseph' 8 and Mary 8 Robbins. 

2. Horace 7 Robbins, born November 25, 1805, married Lucretia Mather, and had Henrietta 8 , Emma 8 and Laura 8 

Robbins. 

3. Catherine 7 Robbins. February 8, 1808— December, 1857. 

4. Joseph Wight 7 Robbins, born November 12, 1809, married March 16, 1843, Eliza M. Kinesley (November, 1819— 

September 8, 1847). He married second October 24, 1848, Hepsie M. Reaves, born June 7, 1829. Six children, 
including: 

5. Horace E. 8 Robbins, born July 3, 1856 

6. Lottie J. 8 Robbins, born September 10, 1861. 

5. Mary 7 Robbins (December 28, 1812— April 29, 1867), married Lorenzo Cotton, and had Morrel 8 , Charlotte 8 , 

Mary 8 , Lorenzo 8 , Horace 8 , Catherine 8 , George 8 Cotton. 

6. Charlotte 7 Robbins, born November 21, 1814, married June 5, 1836, Henry Mcllen, born May 15, 1809. 

1. Henry Joseph 8 Mellen, born April 22, 1837, married September 18, 1863, Wealthy A. Patterson, and had 

Henry James" Mellen, born June 22, 1864 : Clara Louisa" Mellen, born December 8, 1865, died Sep- 
tember 20, 1866 : Lucv B." Mellen, born November 12, 1870. 

2. Charlotte C. 8 Mellen (Julv 22, 1843— December 25, 1867), married October 17, 1865, James F. Pilling. 

3. Marv F. 8 Mellen, born August 6, 1850. 

7. Charles L. 7 Robbins, January 28, 1817— May 24, 1838. 

401. Jemima Wight (Aaron", Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born February 
3, 1782, married December 12, 1803, William Green, born in Medway, March 29, 1772. The 
children were born in Medway, from which place the family removed in 1819 to Mendon. 
Mr. Green died April 2S, 1848; his widow died January 2, 1862". 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Charlotte Helen 7 Green (October 6, 1804— July 9, 1883), married October 26, 1836, Matthew Brown, M. D., one of 
the founders of Rochester, N. Y. Dr. Brown died in January, 1852, and his widow removed to Fond du Lac, Wis. 
1. David Mathew 8 Brown (February 22, 1839 — March 27, 1879); married first January 15, 1858, Julia Harris. 
David was a skillful and distinguished physician in Rochester. Dr. Brown married second in New 
York, July 8, 1870, Dagmar Marie Palm, born in Sweden, Europe, December 24, 1834. Dr. Brown 
died at his mother's home in Fond du Lac, and his widow graduated in 1881 from Hahnemann Col- 
lege, Chicago, and now practices medicine in Waupaca, Wis. 

1. Lucy H." Brown, born November 3, 1858, died in Chicago, April 30, 1884. 

2. Charlotte Helen" Brown, born July 20, 1860, married Charles H. Hamill, and in 1886 was in 

Murray, Idaho. 



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2. William C. 7 Green (April 4, 1807— December 29, 1882), married 1827, Sally W. Chapin, born October 8, 1807; he 

was a farmer and lived and died in Fond du Lac. 

1. William Warren 8 Green, born July 25, 1829, married May 6, 1853, Elizabeth Armstrong, born 1829. 

Residence, Fond du Lac. 

2. Charles B. 8 Green, born August 18, 1830. 

3. Harriet Earnes 8 Green, born October 14, 1831, married June 13, 1850, John Sewell, born February 23, 

1820. 

1. Sarah Eames" Sewell, born February 4, 1851, married May 11, 1871, Clarence A. Knapp. 

1. Clarence A.™ Knapp, April 3, 1872— April 7, 1872. 

2. Lucinda H. 10 Knapp, August 5, 1873— April 3, 1875. 

3. Walter Bewail 10 Knapp, born September 12, 1874. 

4. Jessie Mary 10 Knapp, born September 25, 1877. 

2. Harriet A. Sewell, born December 7, 1852. 

3. John Milton Sewell, born December 17, 1855. 

4. Martin J.° Sewell, born December 1, 1859. 

4. Henry Chapin 8 Green, born March 20, 1833, was drowned in Lake 'Winnebago, Wis. 

5. George Francis* Green, born March 11, 1S35. 

6. Mary Chapin* Green, born March 16, 1837, married 1860, Joseph Sewell, born December 25, 1827. 

1. Mary Chapin Sewell, April 9, 1861— June, 1861. 

2. Lottie J.° Sewell, born March 28, 1862. 

3. William J.° Sewell, born January 13, 1864. 

4. George G.° Sewell, born April 12, 1867. 

5. John C.° Sewell, born October 4, 1869. 

6. Warren W.° Sewell, October 19, 1875— August 2, 1876. 

7. James Tobey 8 Green, born March 17, 1839, married May, 1875, Elizabeth Clark, born June 27, 1850. 

Abstracts, land and insurance, Fond du Lac. 

8. Sarah Chapin 8 Green, April 1, 1841— October 11, 1873 ; married May, 1870, William Carpenter, born 1829 

1. James Carpenter, Mav 10, 1871— August 1, 1878. 

2. George Carpenter, March 1, 1873— October 12, 1873. 

3. Frances Jemima? Green, born April 24, 1811, married in Mendon, September 25, 1828, William Cooper Hunne- 

mann, born December 18, 1801, son of William Cooper and Hannah (Hewes) Hunneman of Boston. William, 
Jr., died April 17, 1846, in Roxbury where his widow still lives. He was a fire-engine builder. 

1. William Cooper 8 Hunneman, born in Boston January 4, 1830, married November 24, 1852, in Philadel- 

phia, Sally Williams Patten of that place, born October 16, 1832. He died January 28, 1869, in Rox- 
bury, where his widow resides. He was a druggist and varnish manufacturer. 

1. Elizabeth Allibone Hunneman, born in Roxbury, February 11, 1855, resides there. 

2. William Cooper Hunneman, born in Roxbury, February 4, 1857 ; auction and commission 

business there. 

3. Ida Hunneman, born in Roxbury August 11, 1859, resides there. 

4. Frances Helen Hunneman, born in Roxbury December 10, 1861, resides there. 

5. Charles Walter Hunneman, born in Roxbury December 4, 1865, died June 22, 1867. 

2. Frances Helen 8 Hunneman, born in Roxbury, January 27, 1837, lives there. 

3. Charlotte Helen 8 Hunneman, born in Roxbury October 21, 1840, died there December 10, 1862. 

4. Charles 8 Hunneman, born in Roxbury December 3, 1842, died tbere July 10, 1865. 

4. Julia Ann 7 Green (October 30, 1813— November 20, 1862;) married August 11, 1851, Rev. Rufus H. Bacon who 

■ resided in Rochester, N. Y., and died in 1854. 

402. Betsey Wight (Aaron*, Jonathan 4 ', Jonathan 8 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 9, 
1784, married September 22, 1803, Samuel Sanford, a physician of Francestown, N. H. (Jan- 
uary 29, 1780— April 13, 1845). Betsey died August 25, 1853. Samuel was the tenth and 
youngest child of Rev. David Sanford of Medway, and Bathsheba, daughter of Moses Inger- 
soll of Great Barrington, Mass. For the Sanford ancestry see Jameson's Medway, 521, 
Blake's Mendon Association, 105, and Register XXVIII, 204. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Electa Wight 7 Sanford (May 15, 1804— July 3, 1842) married Abel Hull, born in Oxford, Conn., January 4 1704 
died March 21, 1876. Children born in S. Egremont, Mass. 

1. Mary M. 8 Hull, born August 31, 1822, married September 23, 1841, Volney W. Haskell, born May 3, 1S19. 

Children born in Otis, Mass. 

1. Frances E.° Haskell, born January 7, 1843, married April 20, 1864, George Wight 8 Sanford, 

below. 

2. Samuel S.° Haskell, December 12, 1847— May 26, 1848. 

3. Mary E.° Haskell, born September 1, 1849, married October 25, 1876, Albert L. Fellows, born in 

Athens, Maine. 

4. Nellie E.° Haskell, born May 1, 1858. 

5. Charles Haskell, born May 27, 1862, died July 27. 1862. 

2. George W. 8 Hull, born July 23, 1824, married September 12, 1854, Julia A. Axtell, born March 17, 1833 

died July 6, 1860. He then married March 17, 1862, Mary M. Patterson, born March 5, 1833. Resi- 
dence Fort Ann, N. Y. 

1. Frank Axtell Hull, born September 20, 1856. 

2. Julia Ann Hull, born February 17, 1859. 

3. John Curtis Hull, born December 16, 1862. 

4. Mary Louisa Hull, born December 2, 1869. 

3. Charlotte So'phia 8 Hull, born May 23, 1827, married March 4, 1847, John G., youngest son of Josiah H. 

and Mary Curtis. Live in Jersey City, N. J. 

1. Fred H.° Curtis, born November 21, 1853. 

2. Jessie Louisa Curtis, born December 4, 1857, married October 4, 1876, Edward Provost DeMott 

1. Hellen 10 DeMott, born July 31, 1877. 

4. Frances J. 8 Hull, born January 18, 1833, married first August 5, 1851, Robert McDonnell, who died 

April 5, 1853. She then married February 14, 1861, Henry C. Van Schaack. Residence Otis, Mass. 

1. George Robert McDonnell, born May 3, 1852. 

2. Ives Van Schaack, born October 16, 1865. 

3. Sophia Curtis Van Schaack, born February 15, 1867. 

5. Clarissa 8 Hull, born July 6, 1837, died in 1838. 

6. Electa M. 8 Hull, June, 1842— September, 1842. 



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2. Samuel H. 7 Sanford, (July 15, 1807— July 10, 1864), married May 21, 1828, Susan Porter, bom April 5, 1811. 

1. John D. 8 Sanlordl born October 12, 1828, died in Andersonville prison in 1864. He married Clara A. 8 

Safford, below. Three children. 

2. Samuel H. s Sanford, born February 28. 1830, married Caroline C. Pine. One child. 
s! Maria A. s Sanford, born September 28, 1831, married John N. Reed. One child. 

4. Henry B. 8 Sanford, born June 1, 1834, married Ellen Bell. One child. 

5. Joseph H. s Sanford, boru January 28, 1836. 

6. Aaron Wight s Sanford, born March 28, 1838 

7. Francis A. s Sanford, born March 28, 1840, killed at second battle of Bull Run. 

8. David 8 Sanford. born October 5, 1842, married Emma Watson. One child. 

9. Celia E. D. s Sanford, born November 19, 1844 

10. David D. 8 Sanford, born March 19, 1847, married Mary A. Roach, One child. 

8. Aaron Wight 7 Sanford, born February 16, 1810, married May 26, 1831, Hannah R. Atkins, born September 18, 
1812. Live in Chelsea, Mass. 

1. Clarissa 8 Sanford, born November 5, 1832, died. December 29, 1859. 

2. George Wight 8 Sanford, born in S. Natick, May 10, 1835, married April 20, 1864, Frances E.» Haskell, 

above. 

3. Aaron Wight 8 Sanford, born April 16, 1837, married January 7, 1864, Emma C. Bryant, born September 

27, 1835. 

1. Albert H.» Sanford, born August 22, 1877. 

4. Robert 8 Sanford, April 10, 1840— March 26, 1843. 

5. Joseph 8 Sanford, September 12, 1841— October 20, 1842. 

6. Frank L. 8 Sanford, born March 2, 1844, married June 1, 1865, Mary A. Moore, born in 1842. 

1. Bertha Sanford, born January 20, 1866. 

2. Alice G.» Sanford, 1868— May, 1872. 

3. Frank 9 Sanford, born in 1871. 

7. Anna M. 8 Sanford, born August 2, 1847. 

8. Nellie 8 Sanford, born August 14, 1849. 

9. Susie 8 Sanford, born July 10, 1852, died July 14, 1855. 

4. Betsey Ann" Sanford (October 20, 1812— October 30, 1870); married June 21, 1834, Abner L. Aldeu, born Novem- 

ber 22, 1805. 

1. Frances 8 Alden, July 13, 1836— July 21, 1838. 

2. Annie M. 8 Alden, born October 18, 1846, married November 26, 1868, John N. Reed, born September 8, 

1842. Live at Campello, Mass. 

3. Fannie 8 Alden, November 4, 1848— June 26, 1863. 

4. Frederick 8 Alden, born July 29, 1851. 

5. Clarissa M. 7 Sanford (July 16, 1816—1875), married August 1, 1836, George W. Safford, born January 17, 1819. 

Live in S. Easton, Mass. 

1. Clara A. 8 Safford, born May 24, 1841, married John D.s Sanford, above, three children; upon his death 

she married Charles A. Gilmore, and had four children. 

2. AVilliam J. 8 Saflord, born November 23, 1853, married November 14, 1877, Sarah S. Cobbett. 

6. Charlotte Green 7 Sanford, born October 16, 1824, married June 17, 1839, Henry Snell Dunbar, born April 15, 

181S. He died September 30, 1872. Lived in Brockton, Mass. 

1. Henry F. 8 Dunbar, born in Bridgewater, Mass., December 10, 1840, was a weaver, was a member of Co. 

E, 4th Mass. Volunteers, and died September 30, 1867. He married May 1, 1858, Sarah Evelyn Paul, 
of Dighton, born March 4, 1861, died October 19, 1868, daughter of Job and Cordelia (Westcoat) Paul. 

1. Walter I.* Dunbar, born January 9, 1859. Now in California, Mo. 

2. Frank M." Dunbar, born May 5, 1861. Now in Rehoboth, Mass. 

3. Albert" Dunbar, born February 25, 1863. Now in Rehoboth, Mass. 

2. Herbert S. 8 Dunbar, July 1, 1842— May 25, 1843. 

3. Mary E. 8 Dunbar, born December 12, 1844, married October 2, 1862, Albert S. Peck, died June 1, 1864. 

Live in Swansea. 

4. Volney W. 8 Dunbar, born January 80, 1847, married September 8, 1866, Sarah A. Keith, born Collier, 

of Brockton, Mass. Four children, including: 
2. Herbert H.' J Dunbar, born September 6, 1869. 

4. William E.» Dunbar, born August 19, 1873. 

5. Abbott L. 8 Dunbar, September 22, 1849— October 2, 1851. 

6. Charles A 8 Dunbar, January 9, 1853— November 24, 1866. 

7. Hattie C. 8 Dunbar, born September 4, 1856, married Charles P. Drake of Middleboro, Mass. 

1. Benjamin Franklin" Drake, born July 11, 1875. 

403, Sally 6 Wight (Aaron 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 8 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 1, 
1785, married May 19, 1802, Alexander Thayer, born in Mendon, where he lived and prac- 
ticed as a physician and surgeon. Sally died April 1, 1822; her husband died in his47th year, 
January 20, 1830. See and correct Thayer's Memorial of Richard and Thomas Thayer, 310— a 
book woefully in need of a good index. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Mary 7 Thayer, born November 21, 1803, married September 22, 1824, George E. Carter and settled in Mendon. 

Mr. Carter died August 20, 1*28 : his widow died at Charleston, S. C, February 15, 1836. 

1. George Edgar 8 Carter, born in Mendon, May 2, 1825, died in Providence, R. I , May 29, 1859. 

2. Sarah Wight 7 Thayer, boru in Mendon, December 5 or 8, 1805, married November 1. 1827, Horace Fisk, who 

was born at Upton, Mass., June 8, 1800. They settled in Charleston, S. C, where he was a merchant. He 
died at Branchville, S. C, October 13, 1845. His widow died at Providence, R. I., December 31, 1876. 

1. Horace Augustus 8 Fisk, born Charleston, January 13, 1831, died in Providence, October 29, 1851. 

2. Charles Esbon 8 Fisk, born Charleston April 7, 1834, died at Yorktown, Va., October 25, 1861. 

3. Abigail Goulding 7 Thayer, born in Mendon, April 3, 1807, married December 1, 1828, Charles Henry Childs, 

born in Upion, August 31, 1807, a livery stable keeper in Providence, where he died February 12, 1866. His 
widow died at Providence, December 3, 1887. Children born in Providence. 

1. George Henry 8 Childs, born November 30, 1829, bookkeeper in Providence, where he died September 1, 

1860. 

2. Charles Henry 8 Childs, born April 27, 1835, cashier of Third National Bank, Providence, where he died 

December 26, 1885. 

3. Arvedina Helen 8 Childs, born January 27, 1840. 

4. William Henry 8 Childs, born August 28, 1845. 

5. Clara Thayer 8 Childs, born August 28, 1845. 



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4. Alexander Darwin? Thaver, born December 3, 1809, died in Cherry Valley, N. Y., in 1831. 

5. Ptolemy Philadelphia thaver, born April 6, 1811, died at Rochester, N. Y., after 1851. 

6. Euclid Cullen? Thayer, May 26, 1811— September 1, 1818. 

7. Euclid Cullen? Thayer, born May 8, 1819, residence Providence, married March 21, 1842, Martha Cody Mason 

(May 24, 1815— March 16, 1872). 

1. Owen Mason* Thayer, October 2, 1842— April 14, 1846. 

2. Owen Mason* 1 Thayer, born November 25, 1844. 

3. John Henrys Thayer, February 28. 1857— December 6, 1857. 

8. Lydia Helen 7 Thayer, born June 29, 1821, residence Providence, married August 17, 1847, William Henry 

Gudgeon. 

1. William Henry* Gudgeon, born January 18, 1852, resides at Westerly, R. I., unmarried. 

404. Charlotte Wight (Aaron 5 , Jonathan 4 ', Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , TJiomas 1 ), born July 16, 
1788, married November 7, 1810, Elihu Partridge (September 28, 1787— October 13, 1848), a 
farmer of Medway (39, Note). Charlotte's children were born in Medway. Upon her death, 
which occurred March 2, 1833, Elihu married Maria, daughter of Captain William Paine of 
Wellfieet, Mass. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Lydia Wight? Partridge, November 23, 1811— April 18, 1812. 

2. Elihu? Partridge (March 28, 1813— October 10, 1875); married November 25, 1842, Olive, born January 15, 1815, 

daughter ot Amos and Patience (Adams) Shumway. Residence West Medway. 

1. Louise F. 8 Partridge, July 20, 1846— February 23. 1847. 

2. Sarah F. 8 Partridge, October 17, 1849— November 2, 1874. 
8. Emma C. 8 Partridge, born February 28, 1856. 

3. Simeon? Partridge (October 6, 1815 -January 20, 1882); married January 18, 1843, Betsey Maria Adams, born 

September 28, 1823. Residence West Medway. 

1. Herbert Adams® Partridge, September 3, 1847— October 8, 1850. 

2. Henry S.s Partridge, born October 26, 1850. 

4. Jerusha White? Partridge, born May 6, 1822, married April 2, 1844, Amos Whitney, born November 29, 1821. 

Live at West Medway. 

1. Lottie Wights Whitney, born June 24, 1845. 

405. Aaron Willard Wight (Aaron 5 , Jonathan 4 ', Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
August 13, 1790, married April 15, 1811, Abigail 7 Richardson (21) of Holliston, born December 
14, 1790. Aaron lived in West Medway where his children were born. He was a musician 
and played at public entertainments as early as nine years of age. He was one of the school 
committee of Medway in 1826. He died January 23, 1852. His widow who was born 
December 14, 1790, died in Dedham at her daughter Abigail's home June 23, 1887. 

CHILDREN. 

945.— 1. Aaron Willard, born " October 3, 1812, at 4 o'clock p. m." 
946. — 2. Abigail Lovell, born June 24, 1815. 
947.-3. John Kittredge, born July 21, 1818. 

406. Moses Haven Wight (Aaron 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Octo- 
ber 18, 1792, married October 9, 1817, Dorcas M. Gladding, called "of Medway" in the records, 
but said by her daughter Jemima to have been an orphan from Bristol, R. I. She was born 
December 14, 1792, and died October 22, 1837. Moses married second March 1, 1838, Eliza 
McAllister, mother of his youngest child. Moses studied medicine and is called Dr. Wight 
in the records. Failing health prevented him from practicing his profession. He was one 
of the constituent members of the First Baptist Church, established in Medway in 1819. 
(Jameson's Medway, 130.) He died October 18, 1869. His children were born in Medway. 

children. 

948.— 1. Jemima, born January SO, 1818. 

949.-2. Charlotte Green, born July 29, 1820. 

950 — 3. Sarah Ann, born August 31, 1822. 

951 — 4. George Henry, born November 14, 1826, died May 23, 1839. 

953.-5. William Gladding, born July 24, 1829, died December 29, 1831. 

953.-6. Ann Louisa, born August 11, 1834. 

954 — 7. Henry A., born September 18, 1844. 

407. Joanna Wight (Aaron*, Jonathan 4 ', Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 
22, 1794, married March 1, 1815, Joseph P. Needham, of Medway, who was born March 28, 
1788, and died June, 1865. His widow died March 15, 1867. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. George F.? Needham, born February 7, 1816, married January 13, 1843, Julia Johnson, who was born September 
21, 1812. He has been clerk in the Treasury department, Washington, but is now retired and lives at Sea- 
brook, Maryland. 

1. Mary Elizabeth 8 Needham, born July 16, 1844, married February 26, 1867, Thomas P. Keene, of Maine, 

born December 31, 1839, a clerk in the Treasury department, Washington. Children: Minnie Bryant 8 
Keene, born April 18, 1869: Walter P. 9 Keene, born June 16, 1870; Charles Francis 3 Keene, born 
July 16, 1872 ; Florence Robbins 9 Keene, born August 18, 1874. 

2. Frances Julia 8 Needham, born August 16, 1846, resides with her father. 

3. George Jacobs Needham, born August 25, 1849, married November 16, 1876, Kate Bleecker, born in 1850. 

Residence Omaha, Neb. 

4. Joseph Wight 8 Needham, born September 14, 1858, married and resides in Jersey City, N. J. 



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2. Joanna Wight? Needham (September 6, 1S17— Julv 15, 1S75): married November 7, 1889, James J. Newell, born 

July 81, 181G. 

1. Mary Elizabeth 8 Newell, born October 12, 1844, married Austin W. Gary. Residence Adrian, Mich. 

2. James H.* Newell, born June 2, 1845, is dead. 

3. Joseph P. 8 Newell, born June 2, 1845, is dead. 

4. Frances Josephines Newell, born December 24, 1846, married James A. Eaton. Residence, Adrian. 

5. Norman Augustus* Newell, born December 25, 1848. 

3. Sarah Elizabeth 7 Needham (December 6, 1818— February 19, 1888), married January 12, 1848, George Charles 

(April 1814— June 24. 1867). Residence Buffalo, N. Y. 

4. Charles Henry? Needham. July 21, 1S21— December 7, 1821. 

5. Charles Henry" Needham (December SI, 1824 — Novembers, 1883); married February 13, 1850, Cynthia S. Peck- 

ham, born December 15. 1828. He was in the Union Pacific R. R. service at Omaha. 

1. Charles Phillips'* Needham, born November 25, 1850, married March 31, 1875, Martha L, Wotkyns, who 

died September 29, 1876. 

2. Virginia Adelaide 8 Needham, born January 15, 1853. 

3. Lizzie Rebecca* Needham, born October 13, 1856. 

4. Martha Wight 8 Needham, born April 23, 1862. 

6. Mary Ann" Needham (December 22, 1830— April 10, 1877), married Jacob S. Vedder, who died November 25, 

I860. Residence Buffalo. 

1. Joseph N.* Vedder, December 28, 1852— July 11, 1857. 

2. Kate Wight* Vedder, born November 1, 1S56. 

3. Harrison H.* Vedder, born September 11, 1858. 

7. Joseph P. 7 Needham, February 24, 1834— December 10, 1857. 

408. John Kittredge 6 Wight (Aaron 5 , Jonathan 41 , Jonathan*, Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
February 21, 1798, married in November, 1823, Jane D. Harlow, born July 1, 1803. She died 
in Boston November 27, 1834. He then married Betsey Taylor of Chatham, Mass., who was 
born June 2, 1801, and died June 16, 1860. In 1889 he was still living at 6 Forest Hill avenue, 
Mattapan, Milton, Mass., a very active man caring for his garden and enjoying life. He was 
by occupation a machinist. 

CHILDREN. 

955.— 1. Mary Jane, born October 31, 1824. 

956 — 2. Caroline Augusta, born October (others say -September) 7, 1826. 

957.-3. John Kittredge, born September 24, 1S29, died January 12, 1833. 

958.-4. Ann 1 eslie, born May 27, 1831. 

959 — 5. Charles Harlow, born February 28, 1834, died September 6, 1831. 

960.— 6. B. Frances, born October 28, 1836, resides with her father. 

961 7. Richard Henry, born April 12, 1840, died July 18, 1841. 

962 — S. Josephine Kittredge, born August 8, 1844, resides with her father. 

410. Elizabeth Wight (Moses 5 , Jonathan 4 ', Jonathan 3 , Samuel' 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 8, 
1783, married in Medfield, November 18, 1804, Samuel Wheelock (17, Note), born in Medfield 
October 18, 1781. In 1808 the family removed to Greensboro, Vt., and about 1814 to Athens, 
Pa. Ephraim was a farmer and was attracted to Pennsylvania by glowing advertisements of 
an English speculator, who had purchased large tracts of wild land in that state. Elizabeth 
died September 1, 1852, and Ephraim died August 13, 1859 — both in Athens. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1 Ephraim 7 Wheelock, born in Medfield, August 31, 1805, died on his farm at Mt. Vernon, Lawrence County, 

Mo., April 18,1881. 

2 Elias Mann 7 Wheelock, born in Medfield, February 9, 1807, married at Newfield, Tompkins County, N. Y., 

March 28, 1833, Mary Overton Rice (April 23, 1809— July 20, 1887). Elias is still (1887) living upon his farm at 
Mt. Vernon. 

1. Elias Mann 8 Wheelock. born February 20, 1834, at Avon Springs, N. Y., died there October 22, 1837. 

2. William Warren* Wheelock, born at Avon Springs, May 14, 1835, married at Wysox, 111., July 14, 1864, 

Elsie Ransom. 

1. Charles Wight!' Wheelock, born at Wysox, March 13, 1865. 

2. Harriet Elizabeth 9 Wheelock, born at Wysox, November 10, 1866. 

3. Elias Mann" Wheelock, born at Rock Creek, 111., August 5, 1S70. 

4. William Warren" W'heelock, born at De Soto, Mo., February 4, 1874. 

5. George Miner" Wheelock, born at De Soto, August 12, 1877. 

6. Franklin Gardner 9 Wheelock, born at De Soto, July 11, 1879. 

3. Elias Mann* Wheelock, born August 12, 1837, married about July, 1864, and has a daughter born in 

1865. They have lived in Memphis, Tenn., and St. Louis, Mo. 

4. Mary Elizabeth* Wheelock, born December 5, 1838, married September 15, 1881, James Montgomery 

Fitzpatrick of Moundville, Nevada Countv, Mo. 
1. Ida May 9 Fitzpatrick, born August 21, 1882. 

5. Charles Wight* Wheelock, born June 8, 1842, was killed at the battle of Shiloh, April 6, 1862. 

6. Henry T.* Wheelock, born February 24, 1845, died March 15, 1854. 

7. Franklin Gardner* Wheelock, born October 10, 1846, married May 21, 1879, at McComb City, Miss., 

Sarah Haurehan. 

3. Moses Wight 7 Wheelock, born in Greensboro, December 2, 1808, never married. He moved from Athens to 

Battle Creek, Mich., in 1872, where he now (1889) lives a farmer and capitalist. 

4. Samuel 7 Wheelock, born in Greensboro, March 5, 1810, died unmarried upon his farm at Mount Vernon, 

November 14, 1875. 

5. Henry Wight 7 Wheelock, born in Greensboro, November 23, 1811, married May 10, 1842, Millicent Bradley Bell 

of Smithboro, Tioga County, N. Y. He was a wool manufacturer at Sayre, Pa., where he died July 11, 1882. 
Their children were born in Athens. 

1. Lucy Bell* Wheelock, born November 8, 1844, died at Sayre, April 29, 1880. She married March 3, 1868, 
Madison Winfield Reeves of Athens. 

1. Percy Olin 9 Reeves, born at Sayre, April 14, 1872. 

2. Hattie" Reeves, born at Savre, January 12, 1880. 



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2. Harriet Newell 8 Wheelock, born June 17, 1847, lives with her mother in Sayre. 

3. Charles Henry* Wheelock, born June 6, 1850, married at Kingston, Pa., July 25, 187G, Christine Hutch- 

inson McCulloch of Kingston. 

1. Raymond Patterson" Wheelock, born at South Waverly, Bradford County, Pa., October 20, 1879. 

4. Joseph Ephraim* Wheelock, born October 6, 1853, married August 23, 1883, Christine A. Paul daughter 

of Alexander Paul of Howden, Scotland, and his wife Christina Mustart of Kincardine, Scotland. 
Her parents were later of Athens. Joseph lives at Sayre. 

6. Charles 7 Wheelock, born iu Greensboro, October 26, 1813, died at Silver Lake, Susquehanna County, Pa., Sep- 

tember 20, 1814. 

7. Marv Elizabeth 7 Wheelock, born at Silver Lake, March 23, 1816, died in Athens September 24, 1834. 

8. Sarah Wight 7 Wheelock, born at Athens, September 13, 1819, lives with her brother Moses at Battle Creek. 

9. Harriet Newell 7 Wheelock, born at Athens, March 5, 1821, died unmarried at Watkins, N. Y., August 29, 1848. 
lO.Thomas Houstain 7 Wheelock, born at Athens, November 18, 1823, lived near Green Bay and Fond du Lac, 

Wis. He was killed in battle at Williamsburg, Va., May 4, 1862. Unmarried. 
11. James Williamson 7 Wheelock, born at Athens, January 3, 1825, was in Alabama when the war of 1861 broke 
out, but came North and enlisted in the Union army. After the war he returned South to look after his 
effects and has never since been heard from. He was unmarried. 

411. Charles Wight (Moses 5 , Jonathan' 1 , Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 30, 
1784, married (no record in Medfield) Prudence Adams (1S9, Note), born August 2, 1786. 
She died in 18L0. Charles married 1814, Lydia Morse. Charles was a wholesale 

shoe and last manufacturer in Medfield and Boston, and later a vessel builder. He died at 
his residence in Boston February 6, 1839 ; his widow died in Cambridge, February 11, 1865. 

CHILDREN. 

963 1. Adams, born August 7, 1808, died April 14, 1814. 

964. — 2. Charles, born January 24, 1810, died unmarried, 1838. 

965. — 3, Adams, born August 8, 1816, died unmarried, 1850. 

966.-4. Prudence, born , died an infant. 

967 5. Maria, born August 29, 1822. 

968 6. Henry, born in Boston, October 26, 1823. 

969. — 7. Moses, born in Boston April 2, 1827. 

Note. Lydia Morse was daughter of Thomas Morse of Medway, born October 1, 1753, husband of Patty Met- 
calf. His father was Josiah Morse, born July 1, 1701, of Walpole. Josiah was son of Jeremiah Morse (October 
31, 1679— October 10, 1717) of Medfield, who married November 19, 1700, Mehetabel Cheney. She died October 4, 
1727. Jeremiah was son of Jeremiah and Elizabeth (Hamant) Morse (7, Note 2). 

412. Henry Wight (Moses 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 24, 
1787, went with his brother Moses to Cuba. They worked at their trade as carpenters and 
builders at the Havanna in the winter of 1810-11. In the spring they placed their effects on 
board vessel to embark for home, when one was stricken with yellow fever, the other 
remained to care for him and both died. Moses died May 11, 1811, and Henry, June 1, 1811. 
(Henry Wight's Manuscript Genealogy, 12). Medfield records give these death dates as fol- 
lows: Moses' death April 13, 1811, Henry's, May 5, 1811. But see 193, Note. 

413. Polly Wight (Moses* ', Jonathan' 1 , Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 16, 1789, 
married in Medfield about 1815, William Chapel, or Chappell, an Englishman, a shoe manu- 
facturer in Medfield and later in Boston. She died in Rochester, N. Y., March 27, 1843, and 
was buried in Mt. Hope cemetery the next day. Her sou John 7 Chapel, born about 1816, 
died near Rochester, unmarried about 1840. 

414. Moses Wight (Moses 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 
27, 1791, deserves the lasting gratitude of every American for an act of heroism which hon- 
ored his 15th year. Rev. Thomas Prentiss of Medfield relates the incident under date of 
October 20, 1806: 

'• I wish to communicate to the Trustees of our Humane Society, a statement of a successful exertion in 
saving the life of a lad who had nearly perished in the watery element. I am satisfied the activity and enter- 
prise of the agents will be thought deserving of your attention. Lowell Mason, a son of my nearest neighbor, of 
about sixteen, went into Charles River to bathe, and unexpectedly to himself, was carried by the current where 
the water was eight or nine feet in depth. Having sunk and arisen twice, calling for help in the best manner 
his situation admitted, he went down the third time. Two lads younger than himself being present— namely. 
Moses Wight and Joseph Lovell — the former, with all his clothingupon him, plunged into the water and brought 
his friend from the bottom, while the other very judiciously floated a rail on the surface and aided them both to 
the land." Tilden's Malfleld, 206. 

Thus was preserved to us the voice of him who published Carmina Sacra, and who revolutionized musical 
methods and musical instruction in America. — The death of Moses is related at 413. 

415. Adeliza Wight (Moses 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 3, 
1797, married in Medfield, , 1817, John Fairbanks, born June 19, 1787. He was a 
bootmaker from Sharon, Mass. (Tilden's Medfield, 386). They lived in Medfield and at Hal- 
let's Cove, Long Island. He died in Medfield, February 11, 1829. She died at Mt. Vernon, 
Lawrence Co., Mo., February 23, 1880. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. John 7 Fairbanks, born at Medfield, May 13, 1818, died in Orange, N. J., March 22, 1871 . He married at Roches- 
ter, N. Y., April 10, 1845, Charlotte Lockwood, born at Bridgeport, Conn,, March 21, 1819, died at Orange, 
January 28, 1*26. 

1. Abby Caroline 8 Fairbanks, born at Rochester, March 27, 1846, married at Orange, January 8, 1874, 
Theodore Watson Reynolds. He died August 29, 1880. She married June 24, 1886, Joseph Harrison 
of Orange. 



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1. Theodore Fairbanks 8 Reynolds, born January 18, 1875, at Orange. 

2. Annie Moultou" Reynolds, born August 28, 1876, at Orange. 

3. Edward Gage" Reynolds, born May 26, 1878, at Orange, died there February 17, 1879. 

2. Charlotte Maria 8 Fairbanks, born at Rochester, December 23, 1850, lives with her mother at Orange. 

3. Mary 8 Fairbanks, born in Brooklyn, N. Y., February 16, 1860, died in Erooklyn, May 7, 1860. 
2. Nathaniel Miles" Fairbanks, born June 8," 1822, died at Boston, September 11, 1822. 

417. Nancy Wight (Simeon*, Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Samuel' 2 , Thomas 1 ), born June 28, 
1772, married Isaac, son of Deacon Henry Bowen of Woodstock, Conn. Isaac was baptized 
September 29, 1771, which event, if it occurred in early infancy, is inconsistent with the 
statement that he served seven years in the Revolutionary army. He kept the tavern at 
one time in West Woodstock and later in life lived at Ashford, then called Eastford. He 
lived to be 95 years of age. Nancy had 7 children, one of whom died in infancy. Of her 
fourth child only have I any information. He lived in Memphis, Tenn., where Nancy died 
in 1859. 

DESCENDANTS. 

4. Fordyce F. 7 Bowen, born June 26. 1798, married Hannah A. Mitchell, of Lynchburg, Va. Seven children. 
They moved into Mississippi and then to Memphis, Tenn. In 1878 they lost by yellow fever, one daughter, 
two grandchildren, and three sons-in-law. Mr. Bowen was in that year and since a prominent member 
and Assistant Secretary of the Harvard Association of Memphis. He has remained in that city through 
every epidemic of the past 25 years Of his daughters widowed in 1878, one Mrs. Taylor has four children 
and one Mrs. D. P. Warner has charge of a little son of a sister who, with all the rest of the family, died of 
the plague. Benjamin Rush s Bowen, M. I)., of Vicksburg, Miss., is a son of Fordyce F. 7 Bowen. 

418. Simeon Wight (Simeon 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan*, Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born February 
24, 1774, married April 29, 1798, Esther, born August 10, 1775, daughter of Ebenezer and 
Margaret (Bowen) Smith of West Woodstock. Simeon lived in West Woodstock in 1801. An 
entry of date May 14, 1793, in the diary of Rev. Stephen Williams of West Woodstock, states 
that he " prayed with Simeon Wight," as perhaps on a bed of sickness. In 1801 the family 
moved to Williamstown, Vt., where Esther died January 8, 1829. In 1830 Simeon married 
the widow Betsey Ruth Stebbins, born Cossitt. See 973. Simeon died in Williamstown, 
May 26, 1840, and his widow died in Adrian, Mich., aged 87, February 21, 1870. 

CHILDREN. 

970.— 1. Mary Ann, born May 2, 1799. 

971 — 2. Son, born July 10, 1801, died in infancy. 

972 — 3. Son, born July 19, 1802, died in infancy. 

973 4. Simeon, born August 6, 1803. 

974 — 5. Margaret, born February 7, 1806. 

975.-6. Charles, born May 26, 1809, died in New York unmarried, April 3, 1837. 

415). Pkletiah Wight (Simeon 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 
14, 1776, lived in Woodstock. He married November 27, 1798, Prudence, born December 31, 
1776, daughter of Jacob and Prudence (Dean) Austin. Peletiah died in Woodstock, October 
21, 1805. 

CHILDREN. 

976.— 1. Peletiah, born August 31, 1800. 

977.-2. Harviland, born 

978 — 3. Zenas Dean, born February 28, 1805. 

Note. Peletiah's widow married November 18, 1807, Jethniel Perrin, (211, Note; see the Perrius, Register 
XXXII, 178), who previously, June 22, 1786, had married Dorothy Lyon. Of her second marriage Prudence had 
a daughter Clarissa, born January 27, 1809, who married November 24, 1831, Danforth Child. Clarissa has 
at least a son, Lucius H. Child, of Flushing, L. I., and a daughter Jerusha Child Leonard, of Liberty Hill, 
Conn. (Child's Child Genealo;ry, 486). 

420. John Burt Wight (Henry 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 7, 
1790, was fitted to enter college at the age of 12 years, but was refused admittance on account 
of his tender age. In 1808 at the age of 18 he graduated at the head of his class at Brown 
University, in the same class with William L. Marcy, (930 Note 3). In 1816 he received the 
degree of Master of Arts from Harvard University, tie was ordained over the Congregational 
Society at Wayland, Mass., January 25, 1815. In 1817 he built a large and solid mansion upon 
his little farm on the edge of Wayland, which he always regarded as his home. He married 
January 1, 1818, Sarah, born September 23, 1793, daughter of Silas and Susannah (Clapp) Grout 
of East Sudbury, Mass. Susannah Clapp was of the family whose record is in Clapp's Clapp 
family, 101. Dismissed from Wayland at his own request in 1835, Rev. Mr. Wight had the 
pastoral care, for a few years each, of religious societies, in Castine, Me., Milford and 
Amherst, N. H.,and North Dennis, Mass. His wife died April 18, 1851, but he survived 
her many years. His children were born in Wayland. His niece Mary Hewson 7 Rowland 
(427), writing to me in 1882, says: " At 92 he is a grand wreck, yet still the courtly gentle- 
man of old. To see his profound salute to a lady is a picture. Chesterfield could not excel 
it, and though the mind is slipping away he invariably greets every visitor in the most grace- 
ful and deferential manner." Additional details of Rev. Mr. Wight's life I find in the fol- 
lowing from the Christian Register of January 3, 1884: 



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The venerable clergyman whose name has stood for some years on the Year-Book list as the oldest of our 
ministers died in Wayland, Mass., on the 20th of December, 1883. He had reached the great age of ninety-three 
years and seven months. Born in Bristol, R. I., in 1790, Mr. Wight graduated at Brown University (of which he 
was the oldest living alumnus), and settled in East Sudbury, now Wayland, in 1815. He was called of course, 
and his salary paid, by the town, under that close union of Church and State which once obtained in New Eng- 
land. Inclining then, as all through his life, to liberal views in theology, Mr. Wight remained pastor of the 
First church and preached Unitarian doctrine, while the stricter party seceded, and formed a Trinitarian 
society. His ministry continued here fifteen years. Pie was afterward settled for short periods in Maine and 
New Hampshire, but returned in 1842 to Wayland, which was ever after his home. 

Inhabiting the house which he had built at his first coming into town, Mr. Wight passed many years in 
placid study and such common pursuits of the retired minister as the care of schools. Sent to the legislature in 
1850, he introduced the act authorizing towns and cities to tax themselves for the support of public libraries, 
and urged it to its passage. His name will thus always be honorably associated with a great advance step in 
the diffusion of knowledge. The cause of books was always near his heart ; and the Wayland Library, the oldest 
public library in the United States, was the lineal successor of other libraries in town which he had promoted. 
Mr. Wight had not preached for many years before his death. Decay stole very gradually upon him, until, 
without any local disease, his strength passed. Of a quiet and thoughtful disposition, a true gentleman of the 
old school, with an impressive courtesy of demeanor, he was content with large ideas and a sequestered vale. 
His life spanned a broad stretch of days, an epoch famous in discoveries and inventions. The crowded era held 
but few men who took more delight in man's progress, spiritual and material, and in the great movements of the 
race, than John Burt Wight. 

The reference in this extract to libraries calls for further remark. Rev. Mr. Wight 
represented Wayland in the Massachusetts legislature in 1851, and was the author of a bill — 
the first of its kind in this country — which was enacted with great approbation and almost 
entire unanimity — authorizing cities and towns to establish and maintain public libraries. I 
cannot forbear copying so beneficent an enactment: 

" An Act to authorize Cities and Towns to establish and maintain Public Libraries. 
" Be it enacted, etc.. as follows : — 

" Sect. 1. Any city or town of this Commonwealth is hereby authorized to establish and maintain a public 
library within the same, with or without branches, for the use of the inhabitants thereof, and to provide suita- 
ble rooms therefor, under such regulations for the government of such library as may, from time to time, be 
prescribed by the city council of such city, or the inhabitants of such town. 

'• Sect. 2. Any city or town may appropriate for the foundation and commencement of such library, as 
aforesaid, a sum not exceeding one dollar for each of its ratable polls, in the year next preceding that in which 
such appropriation shall be made ; and may also appropriate annually, for the maintenance and increase of 
such library, a sum not exceeding twenty-five cents for each of its ratable polls, in the year next preceding that 
in which such appropriation shall be made. 

" Sect. 3. Any city or town may receive, in its corporate capacity, and' hold and mauage, any devise, 
bequest, or donation, for the establishment, increase, or maintenance of a public library within the same. 
[ Approved May 24, 1851.]" 

Chapter 305 of General Laws, passed by the Legislature of Massachusetts during the Session of 1851. 

CHILDREN. 

979 1. Martha, born October 30, 1818. 

980.— 2. Henry, born January 16, 1820. 

981.— 3. Sarah, born December 11, 1822. 

982 4. John, born January 6, 1825, died August 29, 1831. 

421. Henry 6 Wight (Henry 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 
5, 1791, married in Bristol, R. I., January 23, 1817, Abby, born December 31, 1794, youngest 
daughter of Colonel Samuel and Lucy (Wardwell) Wardwell. While living in Rhode Island 
Henry was engaged in mercantile and marine pursuits and at one time was captain of a ves- 
sel. He moved from Bristol into Georgia in December, 1829, living at Sofkee in Decatur 
County. In Georgia he was variously teacher, farmer, and merchant, receiving in every 
pursuit the universal respect of his neighbors. For the greater part of his life he was a mem- 
ber of the Presbyterian church. Late in life he wrote me, " It is with a sense of gratitude 
that I can say that within my knowledge not one of the many who have descended from my 
father's family has in the least degree cast a blemish upon his good name." His four oldest 
children were born in Bristol, the remainder in Sofkee. Mrs. Wight died at Sofkee, Octo- 
ber 6, 1871; her husband died at Cairo, Thomas County, Ga., February 6, 1885. 

CHILDREN. 

983.— 1. William Henry, born December 11, 1817. 

984.-2. Abby Wardwell, born September 14, 1819, died in Bristol, October 13, 1820. 

985.-3. Samuel Bowen, born April 1, 1821. 

986.-4. John Bowen, born March 20, 1823. 

987.-5. Byron Diman, born December 29, 1830. 

988 6. George Alden, born February 13, 1834. 

423. Alice Bukrington" Wight (Henry 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
February 10, 1800, married June 6, 1825, Rev. Charles Henry Alden (1000, Note), born June 
17, 1798, of theEpiscopal church. See for his life Alden's Alden Memorial, 66. Rev. Charles 
resided in Bristol and in places indicated by his children's births. He died in Pensacola, 
Fla., September 24, 1846; his widow died March 1, 1867. " She was a woman in a thousand for 
mental and physical energy and large-heartedness." 

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DESCENDANTS. 

1. Abby Frances" Alclen, born in Providence, R. I., July 4, 1826, has resided in Bristol, but her home is now in 

Boston. Her letters of travel in Europe and Africa, which I have been permitted to read, are admirable 
sketches, showing a refined and cultured mind. She was tor twenty years a teacher. 

2. Georgia Anna 7 Alden, born in Savannah, da., April 12, 1880, died unmarried September 5, 1874. 

3. Charles Henry 7 Alden, born in Philadelphia, April 28 1836, Brown Univ. 1856, M. D. Univ. Penu. 185S, went 

on the U. S.'medical staff in 1859, became assistant surgeon 1860, Brevet Lieut. Col. 1865, surgeon 1866. He 
has had the many homes of an army officer. When I enjoyed his society in 1887 he was at Fort Snelling and 
later in that year was ordered to West Point, in June, 1889, he was stationed at St. Paul, Minn. He mar- 
ried October 25, 1S64, Catherine Russell Lincoln, born in Philadelphia, July 23, 1S38, daughter of Ezekiel 
Lincoln of that place. 

1. Alice Wight* Alden, born in Philadelphia, November 27. 1865. 

2. Charles Henry* Alden, born in Hingham, Mass., September 27,1867, School of Technology, Boston, 1S90. 

3. Marv Lincoln* Alden, born at Fort Gratiot, Mich, March 3, 1872, died January 19, 1879. 

4. Eliot* Alden, horn at Fort Walla Walla, Wash. Ty., December 12, 1874. 

424. Abigail Alden Wight {Henry r \ Jonathan*, Jonathan?, Samuel' 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
October 21, 1S02, married June 1, 1823, Byron Diman of Bristol, born in August, 1795. The 
family lived in Bristol, where the children were born. Mr. Diman became of great wealth 
and influence, was assemblyman, state senator, lieutenant governor, and in 1846 governor of 
Rhode Island. He was also president of the Catholic Congregational society of Bristol. 
Abigail died August 5, 1S43, her husband died August 1, 1865. In her earlier days Mrs. 
Diman was considered the most beautiful woman in Rhode Island, and her character was 
always altogether lovely. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. George Byron 7 Diman, born May 16, 1824, lives unmarried in the family mansion at Bristol. 

2. Clara Anna 7 Diman, born April 1, 1828, married in Bristol, June 30, 1847, Algernon Sidney De Wolf, born in 

Bristol, October 11, 1822. He died in New York, October 24, 1879. His widow lives on a farm at Bristol 
where her children were born, a farm (inherited from her husband's grandfather De Wolf) whose beautiful 
situation has been the delight of every visitor. 

1. Byron Diman* De Wolf, born July 7, 1848, a broker in New York, married in Providence, December 

31, 1878, Harriet Ramsay Tucker, born in Philadelphia, August 25, 1856, daughter of John Hyrne 
and Sarah Tarns Tucker of South Carolina 

1. Philip" De Wolf, born in Yonkers, N. Y., May 29, 1880. 

2. Harold" De Wolf, born in Brooklyn, November 16, 1881. 

3. Byron Diman" De Wolf, born in Brooklyn, January 18, 1885. 

2. John* De Wolf, born March 29, 1850, was on the United States coast survey, and is now connected with 

an agricultural paper in New York. 

3. Clara Anna* De Wolf, born September 5, 1853, married December 26, 1883, Nathaniel Greene Herreshoff, 

born in Bristol, March 19. 1848, son of Charles Frederick and Julia (Lewis) Herreshoff. Nathaniel 
is a ship builder at Bristol, especially cunning in the construction of yachts. 

1. Agnes Muller" Herreshoff, born in Bristol, October 19, 1884. 

2. Algernon Sidney" Herreshoff, born in Bristol, November 22, 1886. 

3. Nathaniel Greene" Herreshoff, born in Bristol, February 5, 1888. 

4. Lewis Henry* De Wolf, born October 4, 1855, is engaged in business in Mexico. 

5. Grace Giddings* DeWolf, born September 29, 1860, married in Bristol, January 6, 1883, Jose Lugc-Vina 

M. D., of Porto Kico. They reside atTlalnepantla, Mexico. 

6. Florence Griswold* De Wolf, born August 24, 1863, resides on the Bristol homestead. 

7. Algernon Sidney* De Wolf, born May 29, 1865, died in Bristol February 25, 1878. 

3. Jeremiah Lewis 7 Dimari, born May 1, 1831, Brown Univ. with classical oration, 1851, Andover Theo. Sem., 1856 

was settled in 1856 over First Cong. Ch. of Fall River, and in 1860 over Harvard Ch., Brookline Mass.; in 
1864 he succeeded Professor William Gammell, LL. D., as professor of history and political economy at 
Brown Univ., which institution gave him the degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1870 ; in 1873 he was elected a 
corresponding member of the Mass. Historical Society. He was a versatile and pleasing writer. His most 
ambitious work, The Theistic Argument as affected by recent theories, was published after his death. J 
deeply regret that from the large mass of written and printed matter lying before me I can cull so meagrely 
concerning so brilliant a life. For a loving yet discriminating analysis of his character, for an account of the 
positions he has filled and the far larger number he declined, for a complete list of his published works and 
for the extiacts from his private letters which illustrate his amiable disposition, the reader is referred to 
Memoirs of the Rev. J. Lew-is Diman, LL. D., by Caroline Hazard, Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1887. See also a 
review of this volume in Providence Evening Bulletin of January 7, 1887, and the columns of the Bulletin and 
Providence Journal of the dates of his death. For the Journal Dr. 1/iman furnished leading articles for sev- 
eral years before his death. While holding his professorship in Brown Univ. he died in Providence, Feb- 
ruary 3, 1883 — a victim, as many other scholars are. to his untiring devotion to knowledge and to his love 
for the advancement and improvement of others. My own acquaintance with him was limited to a brief 
correspondence, but a single letter, nay rather a single sentence was sufficient to reveal its writer as a man 
among men. He married May 15, 1861,'Emily Gardner Stimson, born in Providence, March 4, 1837, daughter 
of John Jones and Abigail Morton (Clarke) Stimson, residents of Providence but natives of Massachusetts. 
Mrs. Diman lives in Providence. 

1. Maria Stimson* Diman, born February 12, 1862, was instantly killed by a fall from a horse April 29, 

1881. A memorial to her and to her father has taken the form of a cottage at East Providence con- 
nected with an existing orphanage and nursery, with a one story pavilion adjoining, for sick chil- 
dren, especially incurables. 

2. John Byron* Diman, born May 24, 1863, Brown Univ. 1885, in 1887 a student at Episcopal Theo. School, 

Cambridge. 

3. Louise* Diman, born December 23, 1869. 

4. Emily* Diman, born April 8, 1873. 

4. Henry Wight 7 Diman, born April 2, 1835, was a student at Brown Univ. 1851-54 ; entered upon a business life, 

and was representative for Bristol in the Assembly in 1858-62. In the first Lincoln campaign he was presi- 
dent of the Republican State Convention and Secretary of the State Central Committee. He was the first to 
enlist from Bristol in 1861, joining the First R. I. regiment. Soon after he was appointed Assl. Paymaster of 
the Navy and was ordered to the Kineo, afterwards attached to the West Gulf Squadron under Far'ragut. He 
was present at the capture of F"orts Jackson and St. Philip, April 24, 1862, and in the later engagements 
which foreshadowed the fall of New Orleans. On August 6, 1802, he was on board the transport Whitman 
which collided with the Oneida and sank. Mr. Diman's swimming powers saved his life when many were 



Sixth Generation. i i 



drowned. In 1862 he was appointed consul at Oporto, Portugal, and in 1870 consul at Lisbon, holding the 
latter position until the consulate was abolished in 1882. In 1872 and 1873 during the absence of the min- 
ister resident he discharged diplomatic duty as charged' affaires "with wisdom and dignity and brought 
honor to his government and country." He continued his residence in Lisbon after his retirement irom 
office and died unmarried iu Lisbon," September 23, 1884, and is buried there. The vice consul general in 
announcing officiallv his death to the Secretary of State says : "It is but an act of simple justice to his 
memory for me to say that he died with the respect of all who knew him and with the affection of the hosts 
of friends he had attached to him." For a sketch of his life see Providence Bulletin, of June 17, 1885. 
5. Abby Byron'' Diman, born May 7, 1838, died in Bristol, August 11, 1838. 

Note 1. Dc Wolf: Charles De Wolf, born 1695, married March 31, 1717, Margaret Potter. He went from Lyme, 
Conn., to Guadeloupe. His son, Mark Antony De Wolf (November 8, 1726 — December, 1779), was a vessel owner 
and sea captain. He married August 25, 17-14. Abigail Potter. Their son Judge John De Wolf (March 13, 1760— 
October 10, 1841), married September 16, 1784, Susan Reynolds. John and Susan had Professor John De Wolf 
(February 23, 1786— March 2, 1862), who married May 3, 1819, Sylvia Griswold (1800—1834). See Note 2. John and 
Sylvia were parents of Algernon Sidney De Wolf, husband of Clara Anna 7 Diman, above. 

Note '2. Griswold : George Griswold of Kenilworth, England, was father of Edward Griswold, born in Eng- 
land 1607, died 1691. Edward by wife Margaret had a son George Griswold who died September 3, 1704. George 
married Mary Holeomb and had a son Thomas Griswold, born September 29, 165S. Thomas by wife Hester Drake 
was father ofSamuel Griswold (August 7, 1685— May 16, 1777). Samuel who married Elizabeth Gaylord had a son 
Elisha Griswold (October 25, 1731 — March 13, 1S03;. Elisha by wife Eunice Viets was father of Alexander Viets 
Griswold (April 22, 1766— February 15, 1843), Episcopal bishop of Connecticut who was father of Sylvia Griswold, 
Note 1. See Salisbury's Griswold family; Walworth's Hyde Genealogy, I, 10. 

426. Martha Gibbs Wight (Henry 5 , Jonatlum' 1 , Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 
25, 1807, lives in the family of her sister Fanny in Marietta, Geo., a woman of strongand estim- 
able character — everyone's " Aunt Martha." Her family Bible giving her Wight line back 
to Samuel 2 , has been my authority for many facts and dates. 

427. Clara Leonard AVight (Henry 5 , Jonathan 4 ', Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 
31, 1812, married August 22, 1S30, William Maltbie Rowland, born in Fairfield, Conn., June 
25, 1795, the eldest of the eleven children of Samuel and Sarah (Maltbie) Rowland. Clara's 
married life, until after the birth of her first child, was spent in Bristol, R. I. ; but soon after this 
event the family removed to Augusta, Geo., where Mr. Rowland had previously lived. Here 
the remainder of their children were born, and here until 1855, the family resided. He 
was a merchant of prominence and wealth, and was for 20 years connected with the Iron 
Steamboat Company of Augusta, a corporation which was compelled to yield to the superior 
speed and convenience of railroads. In 1855 he removed to Rockford, 111., where 
he died April 29, 1869. His widow then moved to Chicago, where I had the pleasure and 
honor of her acquaintance. She was a woman of rare Christian virtues, revered by her chil- 
dren and reverenced by all who came within the circle of her influence. She died in Chi- 
cago, December 26, 1880. " Of her it may be truly said she was the embodiment of unselfish 
love. Her greatest pleasure was in making others happy, and all found in her a generous 
sympathising friend. In her tongue was the law of kindness, and in her heart the charity that 
thinketh no evil." 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. William Leonard" Rowland, born May 31, 1831, Yale 1852, resides unmarried in Rockford, and has been 

librarian of its public library since 1872. 

2. Charles Alden 7 Rowland, born July 26, 1833, a merchant in Augusta, Ga , married June 13, I860, Catharine 

Barnes Whitehead of Burke County, Ga., born October 31, 1838, daughter of Amos G. and Elizabeth 
(McKinne) Whitehead. Since 1860 he" has been an elder in the Presbyterian church, a man widely known 
and honored in Georgia. 

1. William Maltbie* Rowland, born March 4, 1861. 

2. Amos Whitehead* Rowland, October 22, 1865— August 4, 1866. 

3. Annie Winter* Rowland, born September 9, 1867. 

4. Elizabeth Whitehead* Rowland, November 28, 1868— July 3, 1869. 

5. Charles Alden* Rowland, born July 17, 1870. 

6. Clarence Leonard* Rowland, born"May 21, 1872. 

3. Frances Wight 7 Rowland, born June 15, 1838, a teacher in one of the public schools of Chicago. 

4. Alice Alden 7 Rowland, born March 1, 1840, resides in Chicago. 

5. Mary Hewson 7 Rowland, born December 27, 1812, resides in Chicago ; she is a frequent contributor in prose 

and metre to periodicals, and some of her verses have likewise been preserved in collections of poetry. It 
can truthfully be said of her as Dr. Johnson wrote of Goldsmith : 

" ■ nullum fere scribendi genus 

Non tetigit, 

Nullum quod tetigit non ornavit." 

6. Abigail Leonard 7 Rowland, born January 21, 1844, died in Augusta, January 26. 1844. 

7. Robert Cleveland 7 Rowland, born December 4, 1844, a Union soldier in the war of 1861, is a druggist in Rock- 

ford ; he married June 6, 1871, Cecilia Bruce Howes, daughter of Joshua Howes of Rockford. She died May 
24, 1874. He married October 23. 1879, Hattie Waterman of Rockford. 

8. Horatio Leonard 7 Rowland, born February 17, 1846, died in Augusta, December 8, 1871 ; " he was a member of 

a Presbyterian church and a teacher in Sunday school— a noble, Christian man." 

9. Julia Jones 7 Rowland, born October 11, 1849, died in Augusta, July 26, 1853. 

10. Wheeler DeForest 7 Rowland, born October 17, 1851, lived in Cleveland, Ohio; in 1889 he resided in Plankin- 

ton, Dakota, where he was justice of the peace. 
11. Clara Augusta 7 Rowland, born May 16, 1854, resides in Chicago. 

Note. Rowland: Samuel Rowland of Fairfield, Conn., was father of Samuel Rowland who married Eliza- 
beth, daughter of Thomas Fitch, Governor of Conn. Their son, Andrew Rowland (1737—1801), Yale, State's Attor- 
ney and Judge of Probate, was father of Samuel Rowland (1769—1837), above, who married Sarah, daughter of 
Captain Jonathan Maltbie of the Revolutionary army. 



1 1 6 The Wights. 



4-2J). Fanny Leonard Wight (Henry", Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
September 17, 1816, married August 11, 1840, Eobert Matbis Cleveland, born in Asbeville, N. 
C, March 3, 1803. Robert retired early from business activity and passed bis life in dignified 
ease. The family resided in Lawrence ville, Geo., where the children were born. The fam- 
ily was much broken and financially injured by the war, in which their sympathy and activi- 
ties were enlisted upon the Southern side. The family moved after the war to Wartrace, 
Tenn., where Mr. Cleveland died April 4, 1S76. In the spring of 1879 Mrs. Cleveland removed 
to Marietta, Geo., where she now resides — a woman of exceptional benevolence and activity. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Vannoy 7 Cleveland, born March 11, 1841, resides unmarried at Wartrace, Tenn. He was a Confederate soldier. 

2. Caroline Choice 7 Cleveland, horn June 17, 1S42, married at Marietta, July 23, 1881, Walter Sims Ryall, of Shel- 

byville, Tenn., born at Chapel Hill. Tenn., October 9, 1841, son of Thomas Coleman and Elizabeth Sims 
(Scudder) Ryall. He is an orange grower at Lake Myrtle, Florida. 
8. Harriet Dawkins 7 Cleveland, born November 14, 1844, resides at Marietta. 

4. Barnet Franklin 7 Cleveland, born August 11, 1846 married at Bethsalem church near Wartrace, June 5, 1872, 

Elizabeth Hightower Pepper, born near Wartrace, February 14, 1851, daughter of William and Jane (Stone) 
Pepper. Their children were born at Knob Creek, Bedford County, Tenn. He is a banker at Wartrace. 

1. Mary Alice 8 Cleveland, born July 24, 1873, died at Knob Creek, January 14, 1874. 

2. Martha Wight 8 Cleveland, horn January 18, 1875. 

8. William Pepper 8 Cleveland, born November 3. 1877. 

4. Robert Mathis 8 Cleveland, born January 3, 1879, died at Knob Creek, September 29, 1879. 

5. Jesse Franklin 8 Cleveland, born December 28, 1881. 

6. Eliza Poole 8 Cleveland, born August 8, 1884 

5. Georgia Alden 7 Cleveland, born December 6, 1851, married near Wartrace, November 4, 1871, John Bomar 

Cleveland, of Spartanburg, S. C, where they live and where he was born November 9, 1848. He graduated 
at Wofford College, 1869, was member of South Carolina legislature 1882-3, was a member of the Democratic 
convention in July, 1884, at Chicago, which nominated his namesake for President. He is a member of the 
law firm of Duncan & Cleveland, Spartanburg. Children all born there except Fanny born at Wartrace. 

1. Jesse 8 Cleveland, born November 27, 1872. 

2. Henry Mathis 8 Cleveland, born August 26, 1874. 

3. Fanny Leonard 8 Cleveland, born June 13, 1876. 

4. John'Alden 8 Cleveland, June 4, 1878— April 29, 1886. 

5. Caroline Choice 8 Cleveland, born February 25, 1880. 

6. Vannoy Vernon 8 Cleveland, born March 24, 1884. 

7. Alice Victoria 8 Cleveland, born March 15, 1887. 

8. Ellison Capers 8 Cleveland, born January 18, 1889, died in Spartanburg, June 2, 1889. 

6. Jesse Dougherty 7 Cleveland, born September 12, 1853, died at Lawrenceville, Ga.. November 21, 1858. 

7. Robert Mathis 7 Cleveland, born August 25, 1855, married at Marietta, October 4, 1882, Martha Elizabeth Mar- 

vin, born at Monticello, Fla., October 19, 1859, daughter of Joseph Benson and Mary Louisa (Linton) Marvin. 
They lived at Marietta, and Robert is now a bank cashier in Wartrace. 

1. Robert Marvin 8 Cleveland, born November 21, 1883, died March 10, 1884. 

2. Mary Louisa 8 Cleveland, born January 10, 1885, died February 15, 1888. 

3. John Linton 8 Cleveland, born in Wartrace, September 9, 1888," died there December 18, 1888. 

Note. Cleveland : Alexander Cleveland who married a daughter of Lord Axminster, never came to America. 
See Draper's King's Mountain, 426, for Alexander's life and alleged descent from Oliver Cromwell. His son Alexan- 
der settled at Bull Run, the scene of certain battles during the war of 1861. His son John, a house-joiner at Bull 
Run, married Martha Coffin, and had a son Robert. This last had two sons, Jeremiah Cleveland of Asbeville, 
N. C , who married Sarah Vannoy and became father of Robert Mathis Cleveland, above ; and Jesse Cleveland. 
This last was father of Robert Easley Cleveland, who married Elizabeth Bomar. Robert Easley and Elizabeth 
were parents of John Bomar Cleveland, husband of Georgia Alden 7 Cleveland, above 

■430. Elizabeth 6 Wight (John 5 , John*, Jonathan 3 , Samuel 1 , Thomas 1 ), born March 27, 
1763, married in Dublin, N. H., February 19, 1798, Deacon John Knowlton of Dublin, who 
was born in Holliston, Mass., January 24, 1745. Deacon John had ten children of a former 
marriage with Martha Jennings. He and Elizabeth resided in Dublin, where their children 
were born. She died in Dublin, in April, 1835; her husband died aged 89, in April, 1835. 
(Morse's Sherborn and Holliston, 160; Leonard's Dublin, 358). 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Eliza 7 Knowlton, born February 28, 1799, married Barzillai Davis ; lived in Nelson, N. H. 

2. Luke 7 Knowlton, born August 1, 1801, married December 28, 1826, Mercy Bemis, born September 12, 1804, 

daughter of James and Lois (Walker) Bemis of Dublin (Bemis : Marlboro, 551). Eight children, including : 

1. James 8 Knowlton, born December 20, 1828, married May 23, 1854, Emily Lydia Mason, born in Dublin, 

October 2, 1834. He resides on the line between Marlboro and Keene. 
1, Lilla M.9 Knowlton, born April 16, 1857. 

2. Luke 8 Knowlton, born September 5, 1830, married November 29, 1854, Jane Pierce of Millbury, Mass., 

who died November 2, 1861. He married September 5, 1867, Hannah M. Townsend. 
1. Jennie M..» Knowlton, born October 12, 1861. 
2 Carrie T. ft Knowlton, born August 12, 1878. 

3. Eli B. 8 Knowlton, born December 3, 1833, married January 19, 1858, Elizabeth E., daughter of Silas aud 

Asenath (Stone) Stone. 

4. Caroline E. 8 Knowlton (January 27, 1836— April 9, 1862), married June 6, 1855, William M. Nason 

below. 

5. Charles 8 Knowlton, born June 23, 1838, enlisted September, 1862, in Co. A, 14th N. H. Regiment, and 

died of fever at Poolsville, Md., January 20, 1863. 
7. Sarah Ann 8 Knowlton, born November 27, 1843, married November 27, 1862, William M. Nason, above, 
a merchant in Marlboro. 
:;. Ira 7 Knowlton (March 31, 1803— October 25, 1845), married Eliza Lovekin of Worcester, Mass., where thev lived. 
Mary 7 Knowlton (July 2, 1804— May 19, 1836), married May, 1824, Cornelius Townc, born April 18, 1803, son of 

Cornelius and Hannah (Chaplin) Towne of Dublin. (See 438.) Five children. 
Levi 7 Knowlton (March 31, 1806—1854), married Mrs. Lucy Hadley of Worcester and lived there. 



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431. Jabez Wight {John 5 , John*, Jonathan*, Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 21, 1764, 
married December 5, 1787, Mary Webster, whose mother, sirnamed Dnstin, was grand- 
daughter of the heroic Hannah Dustin, of Haverhill. (Leonard's Dublin, 412). Jabez became 
a farmer in Marlboro. N. H., about 1812, locating at first on land since owned by James A. 
White. His house stood on a little knoll on the South side of the road, near the residence of 
Francis O. Ball. Later in life he put up the frame of a house on the site of one since owned 
by W W. and J. M. Richardson. Before this was completed he sold to William White, Jr., 
and built for himself on the old road to Pottersville. (Bemis' Marlboro, 695). He removed 
to Sterling, Mass., about 1851, and died there October 10, 1854. His wife died September 30, 
1853. 

CHILDREN. 

989 1. Betsey, born December 21, 1788. 

990.— 2. John, born January 24, 1791. 
99 1 .—3. Sally, born September 18, 1793. 

432. Miriam Wight {John 5 , John*, Jonathan 9 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 14, 1766, 
married in Dublin, N. FL, March 11, 1819, Ezra Morse, born November 16, 1752. She died in 
Brattleboro, Vt., date unknown. Ezra had previously in 1778, married Agnes or Nancy 
Swan. He died June 3, 1830. His father Thomas Morse, the first permanent settler of Dub- 
lin, was born in Sherborn, December 5, 1709, married Mary Treadway of Framingham, and 
died in January 1783. Thomas' father was James Morse, born July, 1686. who married Ruth 
Sawin. James' parents were Joseph and Hannah (Babcock) Morse (7, Note 2; Morse's 
Memorial, 46). 

437. Mary 6 Wight {John 5 , John*, Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born February 19, 1778, 
married Benjamin Nye of Marlboro, N. H. He was born August 19, 1786, son of Sylvanus 
and Mary (Banks) Nye. Benjamin and Mary removed to Fairfield, Vt. 

438. Josiah 6 Wight (John 5 , John*, Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 10, 
1784, married Rebecca Towne of Dublin, born May 2, 1794, sister of Cornelius Towne (430). 
Josiah lived in Dublin, where he died in March, 1853. His wife died in 1866. 

CHILD. 

993 1. Jonas, born June 18, 1822, is living in Marlboro, N. H., in 1889. 

439. Hannah 6 Wight {Asa 5 , John*, Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born February 19, 
1794, married February 16, 1817, Hosea King of Newfane, Vermont. 

444. Oliver Wight {Oliver 5 , William*, Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born June 6, 1782, 
lived in Medfield, where the births of his children are recorded. He married Betsey Rus- 
sell, born June 15, 1779, of Sherborn, sister of Mary (470). (Morse's Sherborn and Holliston, 
232). Betsey died in Medfield, November 5, 1816. Oliver's death is not found. 

CHILDREN. 

993 1. Hiram C, born August 3, 1810. See Note. 

994 2. Harrison G., born April 7, 1812. See Note. 

995 3. Horatio, born May 27, 1815. See Note. 

996 4. Betsey Russell, born October 29, 1816. See Note. 

Note. I bear that but one of these children, Hiram O, married and that he had no children. The three 
youngest are otherwise unknown. 

445. Shubael Wight {Oliver 5 , William*, Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 
23, L7S5, lived in Dover, Mass., at the time of his marriage, which is recorded both there and 
in Medway. In the Dover record both parties are said to be of Dover. His wife Clarissa 
Williams, born July 20, 1787, he married May 18, 1809. He lived in Dover, Medfield and 
Medway, and moved into New York state about 1823, living in Matteawan, Fishkill township, 
N. Y. His wife died in Matteawan, November 19, 1835; he died June 17, 1860. 

CHILDREN. 

997 — 1. Sarah Williams, born February 10, 1810, recorded in Dover and Medway. 

998.-2. Pamelia Clark, born June 17, 1811. 

999.-3. Addison B., born March 15, 1813, in Medfield. 
1COO.— 4. Clarissa Ann, born December 14, 1814, in Medway. 
1001. — 5. George Shubael, born September 6, 1816, in Medway. 

1002.— 6. Samuel Newell, born August 10, 1S18, in Medway, died there September 24, 1823. 
1003.— 7. William B., born October 5, 1820, died in Matteawan, November 6, 1832. 
1004 — 8. Dyanthia F., born May 8, 1822, died in Matteawan, March 1, 1824. 
1005.— 9. Samuel Newell, born January 17, 1825, in Matteawan. 
1006.— 10. James W., born February 26, 1828, in Matteawan. 
1007.— 11. Leander A., born March 10, 1830, in Matteawan. 

448. Lemuel Wight {Abner 5 , William*, Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 
7, 1783, was a soldier in the war of 1812. He married in November, 1805, Elizabeth Smith 
who was born July 30, 1784. He resided in Perrinton, Monroe County, N. Y. In 1824 he 
was one of the constituent members of the First Congregational church in Perrinton, and 
was a deacon in the same church. (Mcintosh's Monroe County, 226). He was a plasterer and 



n8 The Wights. 



stone mason in his earlier life. In 1839 he removed to Livonia, Wayne County, Mich., and 
was a farmer until the last five years of his life. His wife died February 10, 1858. He died 
June 5, 1859, in Plymouth, Wayne County, Mich., in the family of his "daughter Eliza. — His 
children were born in Perrinton. 

CHILDREN. 

Jabez, born May 22, 1807. 

Henry, born November 19. 1808. 

Ransom, born October 25, 1810, died unmarried in Perrinton, in 1832. 

Reuben, born October 26, 1812. 



1008. 


— 1. 


10U9. 


2 


1010. 


— S. 


1011. 


-4. 


1012. 


—5. 


1013. 


—6. 


1014. 


— 7. 


1015. 


—8. 


1016. 


—9. 



Sarah, born December 9, 1814. 
Smith, born December 20, 181G. 
Lydia, born December 6, 1821. 
Eliza, born December 6, 1821. 
Alvin, born July 4, 1824. 

4-1-0. Mary 6 Wight (Abner 3 , William*, Jonathan*, Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 26, 
1785, married Curtiss. Their son, Lucius Wight 7 Curtiss, lives at 661 Euclid Ave., 

Cleveland, Ohio. 

450. Susan 6 Wight (Abner 5 , William*, Jonathan*, Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 27, 1788, 
married Curtiss. She died December 16, 1818, in West Bloomfield, Ontario 

"County, N. Y. A daughter Susan Wight 7 Stevens, lives in Slayton, Murray Co., Minn. 

451. William Walker Wight (Abner 5 , William 4 ', Jonathan 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
August 4, 1790, married in Perrinton, Monroe County, N. Y., August 11, 1811, Delight Lewis, 
who was born January 3, 1790. William, who was a farmer, moved in 1835 to Livonia, Wayne 
county, Michigan, and died May 26, 1842. His widow died September 11, 1S65. Their chil- 
dren were born in Perrinton. 

CHILDREN. 

1017.— 1. Lucretia, born May 3, 1812, died in Perrinton. August 25, 1817. 
1018 — 2. Susannah, born March 17, 1814, died in Perrinton, May 21, 1815. 
1019 — 3. Samuel, born October 28, 1815. 

1020 4. William Walker, born August 3, 1817. 

1021 — 5. George, born October 17, 1820. 
1022. -6. Hyrum, born September 10, 1822. 

1023 7. Sally Orelia, born February 26, 1824, died in Perrinton, January 11, 1829. 

1024. — 8. James, born August (or July, mouth torn from record) 17, 1827, died in Livonia, June 

11, 1S45. 
1025.— 9. John Adice, born October 23, 1880. 
1026.— 10. Marie Louisa, born August 15, .832. 

452. Elizabeth 6 Wight (Abner 5 , William' 1 , Jonathan*, Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 
10, 1792, married in Perrinton, N. Y., February 14, 1811, Andrew Northrop, born in Fair- 
field Co. Ct., November 10, 1787, died in Michigan, March 15, 1S66. Elizabeth died in Livonia, 
Wayne County, Michigan, October 19, 1861. She is more frequently called Eliza. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Acton" Northrop, (December 9, 1815— March 14, 1S73) ; married October 5, 1844, Jane E. Norton. 

1. Blake C. s Northrop, born August 5, 1845. lives in Farmington, Mich. 

2. Elmira 7 Northrop, bornMay 1. 1819. married in Livonia, July 4, 1839, Nelson Everett. 

1. Orson 8 Everett, bQrn September 4, 1840. 

2. Marshall* Everett.boru August 4, 1842. 

3. Celestia 8 Everett, born February 13, 1849, married Chauncey Hinman. 

4. Pitt Northrop 8 Evelrett, born January 17, 1852. 

5. Mary E. 8 Everett, born February 7, 1860, married Charles Greenlaw and died January 21, 1889. 

3. FlaviusJ. 7 Northrop, (September 13, 1823— February 19, 1886,) married in Livonia, July 3, 1844, Julia A. Thornton. 

1. Aminter 8 Northrop, born May 22, 1S45. 

2. Andrew 8 Northrop, August 13, 1861— September, 1867. 

3. Myrtie E. 8 Northrop, born August 19, 1871. 

4. Maryette 7 Northrop, born July 1, 1S25, married March 6, 1862, William Penrield. No children. Residence, 

Detroit, Mich. 

5. Pitt Morse 7 Northrop, January 22, 1831— September 3, 1843. 

6. Huldah 7 Northrop, July 17, 1838— July 3, 1859. 

Note. Andrew and Elizabeth had these additional children : Orson 7 , born December 16, 1811, died January 
17, 1818: Maria 7 , born December 25, 1813, died October 21, 1815: Aminter 7 , born August 27, 1821, died September 
10, 1822: and Blake 7 Northrop, born November 17, 1827, died July 9, 1S29 — Andrew Northrop was son of Isaiah 
Northrop, born April 3, 1746, son of Job, who was doubtless son of Jeremiah Northrop, Register XLIJI, 216. 

453. Asa 6 Wight (Abner 5 , William*, Jonathan*, Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ) born April 4, 1798, 
married January, 1836, Delia, born in East Bloomfield, Ontario Co., N. Y., July, 1806, daugh- 
ter of Moses and Phimelia (Chapin) Gaylord. Delia died September 30, 1854. Asa died 
March 1, 1865, at Fairport, Monroe County, N. Y., on the farm where he was born, in Perrin- 
ton township. He was a farmer. Children were born in Perrinton. 

CHILDREN. 

1027-— 1. George Gavlord, born November in, 1836. 

1028.— 2. Sarah Harrington, born September 4, 1839, died iu Adrian, Mich., unmarried, June 

2, 1866. 
1029 — 3. Charles Henry, born October 5, 1843. 



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4-55. Hannah" Wight (Joel 5 , Selh*, Ephraim 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 11, 1769, 
married March 2, 1797, John Wilson Learned of Dublin, N. H., born February 20, 1766, son of 
Deacon Benjamin and Elizabeth (Wilson) Learned of Sherborn, Mass. John and Hannah 
resided inDublin, where their children were born. Hannah died July 1, 1846; her husband 
died August 23, 1855. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Persia 7 Learned (Decembers, 1797— March 31, 1885), married December 30, 1817. Eli Allison (December 25, 1791 

— March 25, 1860), of Dublin. Eli was the son of Andrew and Sarah (Morse) Allison. Surah was daughter 
of Deacon Eli Morse of Sherborn, son of Nathaniel Morse (1685 — 1778), son of Joseph and l'riseilla (Colburn) 
Morse (7, JS'ote 2). Keven children, including : 

1. Andrews Allison (May 16, 1821— January 17, 1850), of Boston. 

2. John Wilsons Allison, born March 15, 1823, married June 26, 1853, Priscilla C. Allen. Residence, Boston. 
5. James 8 Allison, born March 13, 1830, married March 9, 1854, Sarah Jane, daughter of William Darracott, 

of Dublin. James resides in Dublin. 

2. Hervey 7 Learned, born May 24, 1799, living in July, 1889 ; married December 20, 1825, Elvira, born December 

8, 1806, daughter of Samuel and Betsey (Knowlton) Derby. Residence, Dublin. Thirteen children. 

3. Eliza 7 Learned, born February 2, 1801, married June 1, 1841, Samuel Adams, born in Jaffray, N. H., August 16, 

1782, son of Samuel and Lucy (Spofford) Adams. Samuel, Jr., died December 18, 1854. Eliza married April 
28, 1870, Horace, born December 8, 1791, son of Josiah and Lucy (Saxton) Tyler of Middlebury, Conn. Eliza 
died in Watertown, N. Y., April 9, 1885. 

1. Sarah Eliza« Adams, August 31, 1843— September 7, 1845. (Cutter's Jaffray, 216, 217.) 

4. Ira 7 . Learned, born and died March 25, 1803. 

5. Calvin 7 Learned (March 25. 1>04 — April 1, 18S0), of Dublin, married March 8, 1832, Hannah Dunster Barrett 

(July 11, 1812 — March 12, 1838), daughter of Joel Barrett of Ashburnham Calvin then married October 11, 
1838, Cynthia M. Fisk, born September 2, 1804, daughter of Asa and Cynthia (Maun) Fisk of Dublin. Among 
Calvin's children is Rev. John Calvin* Learned, born August 7, 1834, a Unitarian minister " of a good deal 
of ability and scholarship." He graduated at Harvard Divinity school 1862, and was ordained over First 
Unitarian Society, Exeter, N. H. in May, 1863. He resigned this charge in November, 1869, and in April, 1870, 
was installed over the church of the Unity, St. Louis, Mo., where he still remains. For several years he was 
instructor and lecturer on ethics, metaphysics and political economy in Washington University, St. Louis, 
and has published several sermons ami addresses. He is also president of the Public Library of St. Louis. 
He married August 1, 1864, Lucelia, born November 17, 1834, daughter of William and Sally (Parkeri Wake- 
field of Reading, Mass. Children: 1. Henry Barrett", born March 21, 1868, now in Harvard University; 
2. Agues Wakerield ! >, born July 10, 1S69 ; 3. Harriet Palmer 1 ', born September 17, 1873. 

6. Hannah 7 Learned, born July 11, 1806, married January 3, 1850, Moses Corey, born January 11, 1787, died at 

Dublin, October 30, 1866, son of Stephen and Triphena (Wilder) Corey. He was a farmer in Dublin. Hannah 
was living in July, 1889. 

7. John Wilson 7 Learned, born September 6, 1808, of St. Johnsbury Center, Vt., married October 23, 1834, Emme- 

line, daughter of Elisha and Polly (Chamberlain) Knowlton. Nine children. Mr. Learned was living in 
July, 1889. 

8. Dexter 7 Learned, January 24, 1811— August 19, 1813. 

456. Ephraim Wight {Joel",_ Seth*, Ephraim* , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 20, 1771, 
removed from Dublin, N. H., to Gilead, Me., where he was a farmer. He married Novem- 
ber 15, 1797, Susannah Patch. He died October 3, 1826. 

CHILDREN. 

1030 1. William, born May 26, 1799. 

1031 — 2. Eliza, born February 10, 1801. 

1032 3. Gardner, born May 26, 1803. 

1033.— 4. Timothy, born Januarv 13, 1805. 

1034 5. Emily, born March 21, 1807, nothing told. 

1035 — 6. Caleb, born February 26, 1809. 
1036.— 7. Polly Patch, born May 3, 1811. 
1037 .—8. Susannah, born June 25, 1813. 
1038.-9. Almira, born June 28, 1815. 
1030. — 10. Hannah, bom December 0, 1817. 
1040 11. Ephraim, born May 6, 1820, in Gilead. 

459. Olive Wight (Joel 6 , Selh 1 , Ephraim*, Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 30,1777, mar- 
ried in August, 1803, Isaac Adams, born November 18, 1776, brother of Samuel Adams, who 
was husband of Eliza 7 Learned (455). Isaac was a farmer in Gilead, Me., to which place he 
had removed from Jaffray, N. H. He died in November, 1848; his widow died April 22, 
1856. (Cutter's Jaffray, 216). 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Eliphalet 7 Adams, born February 23, 1804. 

2. Darius 7 Adams, born April 1, 1805, Bowdoin 1830, attended medical lectures there in spring of 1832. 

3. Samuel 7 Adams, born December 19, 1806, Bowdoin 1831, tutor there 1835-7, M. D. there 1836. 

4. Deborah 7 Adams, born March 23, 1808. 

5. Lucy 7 Adams, born January 9, 1810. 
0. App'hia 7 Adams, born October 3, 1811. 

7. Isaac 7 Adams, born July 23, 1813. 

8. Israel 7 Adams, born May 26, 1815. 

9. Olive 7 Adams, born October 81, 1818. 

460. Elizabeth Wight (JoeF, Seth?, Ephraim' 1 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 27, 
1780, married November 28, 1805, Josiah Stearns, a farmer of Gilead, Me., born there Janu- 
ary 17, 1781. He was brother of Isaac Stearns (288), and son of John and Mary (Parks) 
Stearns. The Stearns ancestry may be traced in Bond's Walertown, 514. 



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DESCENDANTS. 

1. Eri 7 Stearns, born June 19, 1806. 

2. Joel 7 Stearns, December 6, 1807— September 9, 1831. 

3. Eliza 7 Stearns, born March 23, 1S09, married September 23, 1S33, Aaron Conner of Gilead. Six children. 

4. Rufus 7 Stearns, born April 19. 1811, a farmer in Gilead, married Ann Conner. Three children. 

5. Olive 7 Stearns, born April 7, 1818, married October 28, ls34, Daniel Conner of Gilead. Four children. 

461. Seth Wight (Joel 5 , Setli*, Ephraim 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 21, 1783, mar- 
ried April 9, 1807, Lydia Mason of Gilead, Me., born August 18, 1791. Thirteen of their 
children were born in Gilead, the youngest child was born after their removal to Bethel, 
Me. Seth died in Bethel, December 29, 1863. He had great love for and pride in his kindred 
and wished his children to know of them and to bear them in mind when the chances of life 
might bring them near each other. He used to say he never knew a Wight in State prison 
or knew a drunkard or a thief among them. Even from my larger knowledge and acquaint- 
ance this sentence needs but little qualification. The following is from the Christian Mirror, 
of Portland, Me.: 

So industrious were his habits, and so good his judgment, even in boyhood, that his father entrusted to 
him the sole management of the home farm, from the age of 16 to 22. At the age of 20 years he injured himself 
at a houseburning, which made him an invalid for life, but changed not in the least his" aims nor slackened his 
ambition. When 22 he came to Gilead, Me., and located among the first settlers. Under his skillful manage- 
ment before many years his 400 acres of wild land were cleared, cultivated and made a most fertile aud produc- 
tive farm, paid for by his own exertions. His interest was early manifested for the spread of the Gospel and suc- 
cess of schools. He devoted one room of his house to meetings and one to schools, welcoming all the ministers, 
who occasionally came to preach, to his home, saying the benefits of religious intercourse to himself and family 
more than remunerated him for all trouble and sacrifice. During Rev. Mr. Walker's preaching in Gilead he 
obtained a good hope in Christ, and united with the first church formed there, under Rev. Mr. White, their first 
pastor. He always had an eye to the public good. " Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and 
thy neighbor as thyself,'' was quoted by him oftener than any other saying from sacred writ. As the population 
increased, his ready and efficient efforts were united with others in building a convenient house of worship 
(giving up selfish interest in regard to the location) where it would accommodate most people. In the establish- 
ment of schools, in the cause of temperance and in every enterprise that could improve and elevate society he 
was a leading actor. The poor for miles around had in him a friend and adviser, who raised their hopes and 
bettered their condition by his encouragement and timely assistance. While he neglected not to make provision 
for a future state of being, he believed it to be his right and duty to employ the faculties God had given him to 
better his worldly condition. God helps those who help themselves, he would say. He was an independent 
thinker, and when his mind was once made up he was led fearlessly to engage in what was new and untried, on 
the principle of "Nothing venture, nothing have." He nerved himself to action that he might furnish to his 
family the comforts and privileges of life. His aged father aud step-mother lived with him for whom he tenderly 
cared", and for his children his ambition was to be able to give them all an education sufficient to discharge 
well the duties of life, — saying it would be better for them than gold. In 1818, he commenced keeping a small 
store, which he enlarged as his means would permit, to meet the wants of the people, and continued in trade 
until 1838. He received a justice's commission in 1827, served the town as Constable, Collector and Treasurer 13 
years, Selectman and Assessor 5 years, Town Clerk 3 years, was a Referee on many important cases and was called 
one of the most accurate and expeditious surveyors of timher, land, &c. , being extensively employed as surveyor. 
In 1835, on account of the better educational privileges, he removed to Bethel. Here he struggled hard against 
adverse circumstances. The tide which had been in his favor and made him successful in all his undertakings 
now turned, and in the great commercial crisis when speculation raged like a panic, misfortunes came upon 
him, for which he was not responsible, and he was obliged to experience failure of cherished hopes, with continued 
ill health. Still he baffled the current and kept above the surface. He gave liberally towards founding Gould's 
Academy, assisted in buildiug a bridge across the Androscoggin, and wherever and in whatever he could he 
lent a helping hand. He was a great reader, and as far as possible applied what he had learned from reading 
and observation to practice. He liked the scientific way of farming and would say it was very true " one was 
nerer too old to learn." He encouraged improvement in every department. As old age advanced and he retired 
from active life, his memory of dates, names and past events was most remarkable. His clear intellect remained 
unimpaired; every faculty of his mind he retained to the last. He said there was one reason why he anxiously 
wished his life prolonged — and but one — viz.: that "he might see an end to this carnal war and peace honorably 
restored." He read with great interest news from the war up to within three or four days of his death. Of his 
religious feelings he said little, but what he said betokened deep thought and sincerity. He spent much time 
in secret prayer, often saying God looked at the heart instead of outward appearances. He was a liberal minded 
man and Christian, showing an innate respect for those who differed from himself in politics and religion. His 
belief was that " By their fruits ye shall know them," and that you should " Let not your left hand know what 
your right hand doeth." His view of himself was a very humble one. He had a firm trust in God through 
Christ ; an even, unwavering hope of a better life beyond the grave, through a loving Saviour. In his long, 
changeful and ofttimes depressing sickness he was longsuffering, patient and forbearing, saying God was a just 
and merciful God and ever good to him. His extraordinary courage, his natural vigor and activity of mind 
gave him a bright, hopeful manner, well calculated to conceal the inroads of disease. But he had made every 
preparation for his death and funeral services sometime previous and calmly waited the summons to " Enter 
into rest," which came at last, suddenly to his family but long expected by him He was the father of 14 chil- 
dren, 9 of whom are still living — had enjoyed 57 years of married life and been for fifty years a member of the 
Congregational Church. 

The following notice relates to his wife who died August 8, 1872, in Bethel: 

Married before she was sixteen, and assuming at once the duties of a household, these early years were 
burdened with all the hardships and privations incident to the wife of a Pioneer. Nobly, patiently arid lovingly 
did she prove herself a helpmeet, not only in the care and training of a large family, but in dispensing benefits 
for the welfare of the new settlement. No appeal was ever made from the poor, the sick or the beggar at the door, 
without a ready response from her tender, pitying heart. Her whole life of nearly 81 years, was one of active 
self-denying labor for others. A most devoted christian mother she was, giving the children who survive her 
blessed memories of childhood's hour, when she snatched a rest from her daily toils to teach her little ones to 
pray. She, with her husband, united with the first Congregational church formed in the place, thus being a 
meriiber 59 years, surviving her husband nearly 9 years. They had 14 children, 8 of whom, 8 sons and 5 daughters, 
are liviug, 49 grand-children and 20 great grand-children. Just one month previous to her sickness, a much 
loved son, Daniel Ormsby Wight, late of California, whose iil health for years had made him a special object of 
her love and solicitude, died suddenly of hemorrhage of the lungs. He had long been an humble, faithful 
Christian amid the harrassing cares and temptations of a change of business life ; and her stricken soul bowed 
to the will of God, with the comforting hope of meeting him ere long in Heaven, where dear ones of her love 



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had gone before. Yet her mother's heart had suffered with him through all his failing health, and the effect 
upon her system was serious and permanent. In her last distressing illness of five weeks, her five daughters 
hastened to her dying bed to catch the whisperings of her waiting soul. Wearisome days and nights of pain 
were soothed by psalms of praise and songs of rest and trust read or sung by her request. Now, when the hearts 
of all her loved ones are bleeding at her loss, can they thank God He took her home with her physical and 
mental faculties unimpaired by age or disease. It is indeed wonderful what beautiful things her hands have 
wrought these latter years — rugs and quilts of most ingenious design and tasteful arrangement of colors. Since 
last September she had nearly completed the fourth quilt, in one of which there are nearly 4,000 pieces. The 
summons that stilled those busy hands and loving heart, took from earth a christian ripe for the higher and 
holier service of the saints above. 

CHILDREN. 

104,1 — 1. Nahum, born November 20, 1807. 

1042 — 2. Elmira, born July 8, 1809, died January 22, 1810. 

1043.— 3 Daniel Ormsby, born March 1, 1811. 

1044 — 4. Rebecca Hayward, born December 22, 1812. 

1045.— 5. Seth, born August 8, 1815. 

1046.— 6. Eli, born January 16, 1818. 

1047.— 7. Mary Moore, born January 22, 1820. 

1048 — 8. Lydia Mason, born February 9, 1822. 

1049 — 9. Harriet Delphina, born May 7, 1824. 

1050 — 10. Alexander Patrick, born March 17, 1826. 

1051 — 11. Joseph, born February 19, 1828, died March 6, 1828. 

1053 — 12. Franklin Adams, born March 2, 1830, died July 6, 1833. 

1053.— 13. Esther Sewell, born August 6, 1832. 

1054 — 14. John Wilson Learned, born October 1, 1835, died November 10, 1841. 

Note. Lydia Mason was daughter of John and Bethia (Houghton) Mason of Gilead, previously of Dublin, 
N. H. John Mason's parents were Moses Mason of Newton, Sherborn and Dublin, and Lydia Knapp. Moses 
died in Dublin October 1, 1775. His father, Daniel Mason, a farmer of Newton, was son of John Mason, a tanner 
of Newton, by Elizabeth Hammond, his wife. John, who was born January 1, 1644-5, was oldest son of Captain 
Hugh Mason, a tanner of Watertown (Bond's Watertovm, 356). John and Elizabeth (Hammond) Mason were also 
parents of John Mason, father of Thaddeus Mason, father of Rebecca Mason. She was mother of Thaddeus 
Mason Harris, who was father of Thaddeus William Harris, who was father of Edward Doubleday Harris, who 
married Katherine Brattle? Wheelock (83). 

462. Eli 6 Wight {Joel 5 , Setlt.*, Ephraim 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 23, 1786, mar- 
ried December 31, 1812, Fanny Chaplin, born in Jaffrey, N. H., October 1, 1789. She was 
daughter of Hezekiah and Deborah (Mower) Chaplin, said Deborah being sister of Mary 
Mower (214). (Cutter's Jaffrey, 405.) Eli lived in Dublin, N. H., and Bethel, Me. He was 
a shoe manufacturer. He died in Clintonville, Clinton County, 1ST. Y., April 15, 1834; his 
widow died in Woodstock, Me., December 23, 1871. 

children. 

1055.— 1. Eli Dexter, born November 12, 1813, died iu Dublin, September 6, 1819. 

1056.— 2. Sarah Pratt, born in Dublin, November 17, 1815. 

1057 — 3. George Granvillk, born November 3, 1818. 

1058.— 4. Eli Dexter, born in Dublin, June 10, 1821. 

1059.'— 5. Elizabeth Hannah, born March 9, 1828. 

1060 — 6. Seth Orlando, born October 17, 1831. 

464. Sally 6 Wight (Nahum 5 , Seth*, Ephraim 3 , Ephraim 2 , _ Thomas 1 ), born April 4, 1781, 
married in October, 1804, John Reed. They lived in Merrimack, N. H., where she died 
January 1, 1838. Her children were John 7 , Walter 7 , Lowell 7 , Sally 7 , Dana 7 , Willard 7 and 
Olive 7 Reed. John, Sally, Willard, Olive, are dead; Lowell lives in Haverhill. 

466. Caleb 6 Wight (Nahum 5 , Seth 4 ', Ephraim 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 8, 1786, 
moved with his father to Westford, where he passed his life. He married March 20, 1811, 
Mary, daughter of Daniel and Lucy (Cummings) Osgood of Westford. Lucy, born 1760, was 
daughter of Thomas and Lucy (Lawrence) Cummings. (Hodgman's Westford, 444.) Caleb 
served in the war of 1812, being stationed at Boston. He was chosen deacon in 1824 of the 
Congregational Church in Westford. He and his wife were original members of the Union 
Congregational Church formed December 25, 1828, in Westford, and Caleb was chosen deacon 
of this church January 29, 1829. (Hodgman's Westford, 178, 295, 297, 301.) Caleb died July 
17, 1864, and his widow died, aged 80, March 28, 1868. In Westford were born their 

children. , 

1061.— 1. Mary' Ann, born December 29, 1811. 

1063 — 2. Joanna, born August 29, 1813, died October 10, 1837. 

1063.— 3. Harriet, born July 7, 1815, died May 4, 1854. 

1064 — 4. Otis Caleb, born August 12, 1817. 

1065 — 5. Caroline, born April 8, 1819, died unmarried in Burlington, Vt., February 18, 1880. 

1066.— 6. Lucy Osgood, born May 4, 1821, died June 11, 1856. 

1067 — 7. Nancy, born November. 19, 1823. 

1068 — 8. Gilbert Nahum, born January 17, 1826, died in the west about 1853. 

1069 — 9. Jane, born May 15, 1828. 

1070 — 10. Henry Martyn, born August 1, 1831. 

467. Hannah 6 Wight {Nahum 5 , Seth*, Ephraim 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born June 25, 1798, 
married April 30, 1834, Rogers Ryan of New Ipswich, N. H., where they lived. She died 
December 12, 1863, having had a son Edward 7 Ryan. Rogers Ryan's residences in New 
Ipswich are indicated in Kidder's New Ipswich, 276, 2S1. He was a brick-mason. 

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468. Aaron Wight (Seth 5 , Seth 4 , Epltraim 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), bom March 3, 1773, 
married June 1, 1800, Abigail 7 Smith (20) of Medfield, born September 25, 1774. Tbeir first 
four children were born in Dover. In 1810 they moved to Medway and subsequently to 
Bellingham, where Abigail died July 13, 1849, and where Aaron died July 29, 1851. 

CHILDREN. 

1071.— 1. Seth, born April 17, 1801. 

1073 2. Charles, born December 26, 1802. 

1073 — 3. Ira, born December 6, 1804. 

1074. — 1. Aaron, born June 25 (in Dover records June 23), 1807. 

1075.— 5. Alvin, born March 10 (in Dover records March 11), 1810. 

1076 6. Abigail, born June 13, 1817. 

460. Caleb 6 Wight (Seth 5 , Seth 4 ', Ephraim?, Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born August 22, 1775, 
married in 1800, Levina Morse, born May 14, 1779, of Sherborn. He lived in Dover where 
his three eldest children at least were born. Caleb's wife's name is spelled in Dover records 
Nina at tbe birth of her first two children, Levina at the birth of her third, Vina at her 
death, Dr. Wight's Wight family spells it (p. 43) Vince, and Tilden's Medfield (p. 518) Vinci. 
She died August 5, 1850, her husband died October 5, 1863, both in Dover. 

CHILDREN. 

1077.— 1. Orin, born July 15 1800, died in Dover^June 16, 1817. 

1078 — 2. Mary, born April 23, 1802, died in Dover, October 3, 1803. 

1079 — 3 Mary, born June 17. 1804. 

1080 — 4. Betsey, born September 8, 1807. 

Note. Levina Morse was daughter of Jesse Morse, born 1734, who married Elizabeth Twitehell. She died 
March 15, 1798. Jesse was son of Eleazar Morse (October 22, 1688 — February 20, 1764), who February 7, 1717, mar- 
ried Abigail Clapp of Dedham, who died March 10, 1752. Eleazar Morse was son of Samuel and Deborah Morse 
(7, Note 2). See Morse's Memorial, 27 ; Morse's Sherborn and Holliston, 181. 

470. Oliver 6 Wight [Seth 3 , Seth 4 , Ephraim*, Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born August 1, 1777, 
lived in Dover, where, however, the birth of his third child only is recorded. He married 
October 14, 1800, Mary Russell, born April 13, 1776, sister of Betsey Russell (444). They 
were daughters of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Daniels) Russell, of Sherborn, and granddaugh- 
ters of Deacon Jonathan and Mary (Coolidge) Russell of Sherborn. 

children. 

1081.— 1. Eliza, born February 11, 1801, nothing told. 
1082 — 2. Joseph, born March 16, 1803. 
1083.— 3. Horace, born December 14, 1805. 

472. Nabby 6 Wight (Seth", Seth 4 , Ephraim 3 , Epltraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 22, 
1783, married in Dover, April 18, 1805, Simon 6 Cheney. I presume this Simon to have 
been the oldest child of Samuel and Olive 3 (AVight) Cheney (215) of Dover, formerly of Med- 
field. The children of Samuel and Olive, all born in Dover, then a part Dedham, were: 
Simon 6 , born March 25, 1767; Sarah 6 , born February 11, 1769, died in November, 1777; 
Samuel 6 , born October 27, 1772, died February 29, 1776; "Luther 6 , born June 2, 1775; Samuel 6 , 
born January 30, 1777; Olive 6 , born January 1, 1781. 

473. Clarissa 6 Wight (Seth 5 , Seth 4 , Ephraim 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 3, 
1785, married James Mann of Dover. 

474. Asa 6 Wight (Seth 5 , Seth 4 , Ephraim 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born February 25, 1788, 
married October 6, 1814, Sybil Holbrook of Sherborn. Asa died December 13, 1869, in Dover 
— the place of his residence. The births of all his children except the eldest are recorded 
in Dover. Four of them died within three weeks of each other of measles, whooping-cough 
and diarrhoea combined. 

CHILDREN. 

1084 — 1. James Holbrook, born July 21, 1816. 

1085.— 2. Harrison, born April 5, 1818, died October, 1825. 

1086.— 3. Henry, born November 24, 1819, died October, 1825, 

1087.— 4. Frederick, born July 13, 1S21, died October, 1825. 

1088 5. Sybil Augusta, born June 13, 1823, died October, 1825. 

1089 — 6. Frederick Harrison, born December 4, 1827. 

475. Cynthia 6 Wight (Seth 5 , Seth 4 , Epltraim 3 , Epltraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born June 7, 1790, 
married in Dover, March 4, 1813, Walter Stow of Dover. 

476. Arnold 6 Wight (Seth 5 , Seth 4 , Ephraim 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 19, 1793, 
married June 13, 1827, Dolly Graves, a widow of Ashburnham. Arnold died in Dover, Sep- 
tember 8, 1879, where Doliy died August 22, 1883, aged 82 y. 5 m. and 15 days. 

CHILDREN. 

1090.— 1. Arnold, born April 24, 1828, nothing told. 

1091.— 2. Charlotte, born December 23, 1829. 

1093 3. Mary, born December 3, 1837, nothing told. 



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477. Charlotte Wight (Seth 5 , Seth 1 , Ephraim 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 16, 1795, 
married in Dover, May 7, 1835, Joseph Larrabee of Dover. She seems to have died, and 
Joseph on December 26, 1847, married Mary 7 Wight (1079). 

479. Abner 6 Wight (John 5 , Levi*, Nathaniel 8 , Ephraim 2 , Tliomas 1 ), born April 11, 1783, 
married Polly Hooper, born 1779 in Connecticut. Abner died May 23, 1836, Polly died Jan- 
uary, 1857, both in Fowler, St. Lawrence County, N. Y., to which place they moved in 1822 
or 1823. Their children had all been born in their former place of residence, Oppenheim. 
(230, Note.) Abner was a farmer, and a carpenter and joiner. Pie was a strong Universalist 
but his wife and children were Baptists or Methodists. 

CHILDREN. 

1093.— 1. Mehetabel, born December 2, 1803. 

1094 2. Alexander, born February 22, 1806. 

1095.— 3. Amanda, born April 15, 1808. 

1096 — 4. Betsey, born September 2, 1810. 

1097.— 5. Abner, born December 2, 1813. 

1098 — 6. Sally, born February 14, 1816. 

1099.— 7. John, born October 7, 1818. 

1100 — 8. Aurilla, born September 22, 1821. 

4S0. Jason Wight {John 5 , Levi*, Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 13, 1785, 
married November 5, 1809, Sabrina Hall who was born in '1795 and died February .9, 1868. 
Jason died in Fowler, January 20, 1835. Of his twelve children the eldest five were born in 
Fairfield, N. Y., the remainder in Fowler, N. Y., where he was an hotel-keeper. 

children. 

1101.— 1. Nancy, born August 5, 1810. 

1102 2. Mary, born March 20, 1812. 

1103.— 3. Almira, born June 20, 1814. 
1104 — 4. Maria, born July 26, 1816. 
1105.— 5. Fanny, born December 27, 1818. 
1106.-6. Jehiel, born January 5, 1821. 

1107 7. -Charles Edward, born Julv 23, 1823. 

1 108 — 8. Lavina, born April 22, 1826, died March 29. 1827. 

1109 9. Jason, born April 20, 1828. 

1110.— 10. James, born March 1, 1831, died April 21, 1834. 
1111.— 11. Sylvester, born April 24, 1833. 
1113.— 12. Sylvia, born May 6, 1835. 

481. Reuben 6 Wight (John 5 , Levi*, Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 16, 1788, 
enlisted September, 1812, as a private in Captain Bell's Company, Colonel Stone's regiment, 
Fifth Brigade, New York State Militia, was stationed at Ogdensburgh, N. Y., and vicinity on 
the Canada frontier, and was discharged by Lieutenant Colonel Benedict January 2, 1813. 
His widow drew a pension of $8 per month from February 14, 1871, until her death. Reuben 
married in Oppenheim, New York, July 17, 1814, Susannah Van Buren, sister of the wife of 
Uzziel Wight (494). Susannah was born in Saratoga, N. Y., April 4, 1793, and died in 
Eaton, Lorain County, Ohio, April 21, 1882. Reuben died of cholera in Rockport, Cuyahoga 
County, Ohio, August 20, 1834. 

CHILDREN. 

1113 — 1. Leonard, born June 26, 1815, in Oppenheim. 
1114 — 2. Almina, born November 30, 1816. 

1115 3. William, born October 14, 1818. 

1116.— 4. Sagitta, born 1820, died December 21, 1837. 

1117.— 5. Harrison, born December 25, 1821. 

1118. — 6. Infant, born 1823, died in the same year. 

1119 7. Adaline Corinna, born October 23, 1824. 

1120.— 8. Julius, born June 19, 1826, lives married in Eaton, Lorain Co., Ohio. 

1121 9. Reuben, born Mav 13, 1829. 

1122.— 10. Susan, bom July 29, 1831. 

1123 11. Ziel, born August 9, 1833. 

1124.— 12. Rozilla, born January 5, 1835, in Centreville, N. Y. 

482. Abigail 6 Wight (John 5 , Levi' 1 , Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 2, 1791, 
married May 26, 1816, John Green, born in 1796, a deserter from the British army in Canada. 
She died March 18, 1849, he died August 1, 1860, both in Fowler, N. Y., where also their chil- 
dren, except Albert, were born. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Albert? Green, born in Fairfield, N. Y., February 16, 1817. Lives in Fowler. 

2. Varnum 7 Green, born October 19, 1822. Lives in Fowler. 

3. Loana 7 Green, born March 20, 1825, removed to Nebraska, but returned to Fowler. 

4. Uretta Lavilla 7 Green, born August 25, 1827. Lives in Fowler. 

484. John 6 Wight (John 5 , Levi*, Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January J7, 1796, 

moved from Fairfield, N. Y., to Fowler, N. Y., in December, 1820. He followed farming and 

carpentering. He married in Fowler, November 25, 1821, Laura Hodgkins. John died 

.October 16, 1863; his wife died September 17, 1879, both in Fowler. There also were born 

their 



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CHILDREN. 

1125.— 1. Allen, born November 14, 1S24. 

1136 2. Sophronia, born November 28, 1826. 

1127 3. Amanda M., born Februarv 3, 1829. 

1128.— 4. Abigail, born March I, 1831. 

1129 5. Andrew, born September 12, 1833. 

1130.— 6. Abner, born January 20, 183G. 

1131.— 7. Darius, born April 20, 1838, died in Fowler September 15, 1839. 

1132 8. John, born December 22. 1841. 

Note. The Hodgkins family settled on Long Island and branched to Fort Ann and Fowler, N. Y. Henry 
Hodgkins had a son Hezekiah (July 9, 1776 — January 5, 1887), a blacksmith and machinist who married Hannah, 
born December 25, 1780, daughter of Isaac Barker. Hezekiah and Hannah had seven children, the eldest of 
whom, Laura, bom in Fort Ann, July 27, 1802, married John Wight above. 

4S5. Alvin Wight (John 5 , Levi*, Nathaniel 8 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 24, 1799, 
married in Fowler, N. Y., in 1823, Eunice Draper. He moved in 1832, to Rockport, Ohio, 
and after two years to Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio. In 1846 he went into Lenawee County, - 
Michigan, but two years later he moved to Ottawa County, Ohio, where he died January 23, 
185G. 

CHILDREN. 

1133 — 1. Catharine C, born March 24, 1824, in Fowler. 

1134 — 2. George, born April 9, 1826, in Fowler. 

1135.— S. Alvin, born May 7, 1828, in Fowler. 

1136 -4. Orrin, born December 9, 1830, in Fowler. 

1137 — 5. Nathaniel Robinson, born Februarv 23, 1832. 

1138 — 6. Larkin, born August 22, 1834, died July 3, 1851. 

1139 — 7. Daniel, born August 9, 1837, died in Libby prison, Richmond, Va., in 1863. 

1140.— 8. Chester, born March 25, 1839, died August 14, 1849. 

1141 — 9. Lyman, born October 9, 1841, died October 23, 1864. 

480. Harvey Wight (John 5 , Levi*, Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 11, 1805, 
married Nancy Bigford, born May 12, 1805. Their children were born in Fowler, N. Y., but 
Harvey died in Monroe, Wis., February 16, 1876. His widow is (1887) living in Monroe. 

children. 

1142.— 1. Maryette, born January 9 1822. 

1143.— 2. Nathan, born , died on a journey to Minnesota. 

1144.— 3. Alexander, born March, 1831. 

1145.— 4. Nancy, born January 2, 1837, nothing told. 

1146 5. Albert, born February 18, 1839. 

487. William 6 Wight (Levi 5 , Levi 4 , Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 2, 1783, 
married September 6, 1804, Betsey Hewitt, born November 7, 1789, who died in the infancy 
of her son Sylvester. William married, second, in Oppenheim, N, Y., October 19, 1806, 
Abigail Cudworth, born 1787. He died in Centreville, N. Y., March 31, 1824, and his wife 
died in January, 1857. 

children. 

1147 — 1. Sylvester, born November 9, 1804. 

1148 — 2. Lewis, born December 11, 1807. 

1149 — 3. Betsey, born October 20, 1808. 

1150 — 4. James C. , born August 26, 1811. 

1151.— 5. Hannah, born July 10, 1818. 

1152 — 6. Mary, born October 8, 1815. 

1153 — 7. Lucy, born April 20, 1818. 

1154.— 8. Ruth, born February 15, 1821, died an infant. 

1155 — 9. Lyman, born June 29, 1822, died March 31, 1825. 

488. Daniel 6 Wight (Levi 5 , Levi* , Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 23, 1785, 
married in Oppenheim, N. Y., November 18, 1810, Mary, born August 10, 1786, daughter of 
Randall Hewitt. She died March 7, 1828, in Centreville, Allegany County, N. Y., where 
Daniel had settled and where he died November 27, 1841. 

children. 

1156.— 1. Maria, born November 4, 1811, nothing told. 

1157 — 2. Benjamin, born August 80, 1813. 

1158 — 3. Nancy, born March 22, 1815, died July 26, 1842. 

1159 4. Asenath, born December 24, 1816, died December 14, 1843. 

1160 — 5. Stephen, born May 7, 1820. 

1161.— 6. Ephraim, born March 13, 1826, married ; nothing further told. 

1162 — 7. Mary, born February 27, 1828, nothing told. 

489. Abbott 6 Wight (Levi 5 , Levi*. Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born February 23, 
1787, married April 5, 1812, in Fairfield, N. Y., Alice Cabot (or as spelled in her pension 
application, Alice Cabbot). She was born in Dudley, Mass., May 13, 1788. He enlisted 
at Oppenheim in the summer of 1813 with Captain Mclntyre, going to Sackett's Harbor 
from whence he was sent as a guard with some prisoners near to Albany, N. Y., and was 
discharged in the fall of 1813. They both died in South Alabama, Genesee County, N. Y., 
he June 15, 1863, she October 19, 1872. He was a farmer. 



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CHILDREN. 

1163.— 1. I.orinda, born in Oppenheim, May 23, 1813. 

1164. — 2. Emmeline, born in Oppenheim, December 30, 1814, lives unmarried at S. Alabama, 

N. Y. 

1165.— 3, George, born in Henrietta, N. Y., August 25, 1816. 

1166. — 4. Angelina, born in Henrietta, January 6, 1819. 

1167 5. Levi, born in Henrietta, May 8, 1821. 

1168 6. Roxy, born in Centreville, N. Y., October 9, 1823. 

1169. — 7. Abbott, born in Centreville, September 15, 1825. 

1170 8. Abel, born in Centreville, April 25, 1828. 

1171. — 9. Perry, born in Centreville, April 15, 1831, died unmarried in Alabama, N. Y., May 6, 1862. 

490. Dolly Wight (Levi 5 , Levi*. Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Tliomas 1 ), born September 1, 
1789, married in Oppenheim, N. Y., April 26, 1812, Nathan Felt, born April 18, 1775. He 
died May ] , 1850, at Pike, Wyoming County, N. Y. Dolly died at Waukon, Allamakee County, 
Iowa, February 2, 1862. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Ruth Caroline 7 Felt, born September 17, 1814, moved from Waukon to Rudd, Floyd County, la. She married 

March 16, 1837, Robert Isted, born December 25, 1811, died in Waukon, January 14, 1875. 

1. Ira Felt* Isted, April 11, 1838— April 1, 1879. 

2. Ichabod B. S.* Isted, born November 2, 1839, married in Covington, Ky., February 23, 1886, Genevieve 

Hood, born October 25, 1857, daughter of James French and Emily Genevieve (Gatewood) Hood, and 
niece of the Confederate General John Bell Hood. Mr. Isted was dealer in oils in Milwaukee, Wis., 
and moved in 1889 to Tacoma, W. T. 

3. Emily Amelia* Isted, August 9, 1843— December 11, 1869. 

4. George Robert* Isted, born January 27, 1848. 

5. Ruth Alvira* Isted, born July 17, 1854, died June 7, 1855. 

6. Ruey Almira* Isted, born July 17, 1854. 

7. Sarah Ella* Isted, born August 81, 1856, 

2. Sarah A. 7 Felt, born December 1, 1818, married October 23, 1836, Argalus Ballard, born May 7, 1811. Residence 

Evansville, Rock County, Wis. 

3. Ruey 7 Felt, born August 26, 1822, married October 1, 1840, Hiram Campbell, Jr., born February 8, 1821. No 

children. 

4. Emily 7 Felt, born March 24, 1826, married December 21, 1851, John Miller, born July 12, 1812, died June 16 

1861. She married second April 10, 1864, E. B. Harvey, born March 29, 1816. 

492. Stephen 6 Wight (Levi 5 , Levi*, Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 6, 1793, 
enlisted in October, 1813, as a minute man with Captain Mclntyre in the New York militia' 
at Oppenheim, N. Y., and was discharged in December, 1813, at Sackett's Harbor. He was 
at Sandy Creek the morning after the battle at that place. He married in Centreville, N. Y. 
November 23, 1823, Hannah Felt, born February 26, 1808. He died in Jefferson, Greene 
County, Iowa, March 16, 1874. His wife died October 16, 1875. 

CHILDREN. 

1173.— 1. William, born June 27, 1824. 

1173 2. Samuel, born May 3, 1826. 

1174 — 3. Caleb, born February 9, 1828. 
1175 — 4. Ruth, born October 8, 1829. 
1176 — 5. Lovina, born July 26, 1831. 
1177 — 6. Cynthia, born April 2, 1833. 
J 178 — 7. Paulowna, born April 7, 1835. 

1179 8. Nathan, born April 30, 1837, died May 20, 1837. 

1 180.— 9. Clarissa, born August 26, 1838. 
1181.— 10. Charlotte, born March 17, 1841. 

1182 11. Esther, born April 26, 1843. 

1183 12. John, born September 9, 1845. 

1184.— 13. Urania, born August 21, 1847. 

493. Lyman 6 Wight (Levi 5 , Levi*, Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 9, 1796, 
married in Henrietta, N. Y., January 5, 1823, Harriet, daughter of John and Sarah (Bradley) 
Benton, born in Vermont in 1800. He died near San Antonio, Texas, March 31, 1858. His 
widow lives with her daughter Anna near Oakdale, Nebraska. In June, 1878, the widow, in 
an application for a pension stated that she was tben 78 years of age, that the date of her 
marriage was January 8, 1823, and that her husband died in Dexter, Texas, March 30, 1858. 

I extract from a copy of Lyman Wight's journal some account of his life: 

In September, 1813, he enlisted in Captain Mclntyre' s company, at Oppenheim, N. Y., and went to Sackett's 
Harbor. He was one of a guard to escort some prisoners to Albany, N. Y., and was discharged at Sackett's Har- 
bor, in November of the same year. In December ensuing, he went to Henrietta, N. Y., then after working in 
various places be went to Upper Canada and Michigan, and returned to Henrietta, where he married. After 
the birth of two children he moved to Warrenville, in Cuyahoga county, Ohio. In May, 1S29, he heardSidney 
Rigdon preach what was there known as the Rigdonite doctrine. " After hearing him go through the principle 
of baptism for the remission of sins I went forward and was baptized by his hands amidst the scorn and derision 
of some one hundred people, and thus became a bold and fearless defender of the Rigdonite doctrine." His 
wife who bad previously been a Presbyterian was baptized with others in the following August, by the same 
hand. " I now began to look at the doctrine of the Apostles pretty closely, especially the second chapter of the 
Acts, where they had all things common. In consideration of this doctrine I went to Kirtland, about twenty 
miles, to see Brothers J. Morley and Billings. After consideration we entered into a covenant to make our inter- 
ests one as anciently. In conformity with this covenant I moved the next February to Kirtland, into the house 
with Brother Morley. We commenced our labors together with great peace and union. We were soon joined 
by eight other families. Our labors were united both in farming and mechanism, all of which were prosecuted 
with great vigor. While preparing to establish a branch organization in an adjoining town, four men came 
along, namely, Parley P. Pratt, Oliver Cowdery, Peter Whitmer and Ziba Peterson, and brought with them the 
book of Mormon, which they wished to introduce to us. . . . To describe to you the scenes of the next seven 



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weeks would till quite a large volume. They brought the book of Mormon to bear upon us, and the whole of 
the common stock family were baptized, and during the seven weeks they tarried they succeeded in building up 
a church of 130 members. I and my family were baptized by Parley P. Pratt, November 14, 1830, in Chagrin river 
at Kirtland, Ohio. I was confirmed on the ISth, by Oliver Cowdcry, and on the 20th ordained an elder by 
the same." For the next fourteen years he followed the fortunes of the church with unflagging zeal. He 
took part ia all the trying scenes of the church in Missouri and Illinois, sometimes in the missionary field advo- 
cating with boldness the faith of the saints, sometimes driven from his home by a mob, suffering with his family 
the inclemency of winter, sometimes incarcerated in a dungeon for his faith. * During these times he formed a 
strong personal attachment for Joseph and Hiram Smith, which lasted as long as he lived. When they were 
assassinated at Carthage, 111., jail, June 27, 1844, he was one of the twelve Apostles. " After this event he could 
not agree with his quorum, and regarding the claims of the twelve as unrightful usurpations, he left them and 
led a company to Texas." At their head he made several new settlements in Western Texas, and did much to 
open the way'for new settlements upon the frontier. In the spring of 1858 he, with his company, started to go 
north from their settlement on the Medina river, but a few days after he died near San Antonio, March 31, 1858. 
Though while in Texas some of his teaching and practices were not in harmony with the acknowledged doc- 
trines of the church, he always maintained his work was of God, and that Joseph Smith was inspired of God to 
usher in the dispensation of the fulness of time. 

Interesting facts concerning the life of "Colonel" Lyman Wight down to the period of 
the Carthage mob are contained in Biographical Sketches of Joseph Smith the prophet by Lucy 
Smith, his mother, published at Piano," 111., 1880. The company led by Lyman Wight to 
Texas consisted of about 200. Their first settlement was on the Perdinallis River about 75 
miles west of Austin. After their leader's death the company was scattered. 

The children of Lyman Wight given below are those of his wife Sarah Benton. The 
polygamous practices of his later years were severely discountenanced by all his lawful 
descendants so far as I have heard. These belong to the Reorganized Church of Jesus^Chriet 
of Latter Day Saints, which body has no sympathy with the polygamous system centered 
in the Utah church. J 

Lyman Wight's military title grew out of the fact that as one of the twelve apostles during 
the Mormon excitements in Missouri he commanded a regiment of soldiers. He was a man 
of great ambition, of superior intellect and strong character, and easily maintained the 
supremacy he acquired over his followers. 

CHILDREN. 

1185.— 1. Orange Lysander, born in Centreville, N. Y., November 9. 1823. 

1186.— 2. Anna Christinia, born in Centreville, N. Y., September 30, 1825. 

1187.— 3. Rosina Minerva, born in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, November 16, 1827 

1188 4. Lyman Lehi, born in Clay County, Mo., December 27,. 1833. 

1189.— 5. Levi Lamoni, born in Clay County, Mo., March 1, 183fi. 

1190 — 6. Loami Limhi, born in Davis County, Mo., November 2, 1838. 

404. Uzziel Wight (Levi 5 , Levi 4 -, Nathaniel*, Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born June 16, 1798, 
married in Oppenheim, N. Y., December 29, 1821, Caroline Van Buren, fourth cousin of 
President Van Buren. Her father was William Van Buren and her mother's maiden name 
Miller. Caroline was the sister of the wife of Reuben 6 (481). Uzziel died in Westfield, 
N. Y., August 19, 1850. His wife was living in 1887 in Union City, Pa., with her son George, 
and was then 84 years of age. 

children. 

1191.— 1. Orlando Williams, born in Centreville, Allegany County, N. Y., February 19, 1824. 

1192.— 2. Orpha, born 

1193 8. Sarah Maria, born , lives unmarried at Union City, Pa. 

1194.— 4. Reuben W. born 

1195.— 5. Jarvis Sherman, born in Centreville, January 4, 1834. 

1196 6. George Marvin, born July 27, 1835. __ 

1197.— 7. Francis Marion, born e 

1198.— 8. Mary Ellen, born August 30, 1847, died August 16, 1850. 

495. Susannah" Wight (Levi 5 , Levi 4 , Nathaniel'*, Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 7, 
1800, married in Henrietta, N. Y., December 16, 1819, Morris Stickel, born September 14, 
1794, a descendant of one of Baron Riedesel's generals. She died in Centreville, N. Y., May 
15, 1847, her husband died May 18, 1851. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1 Julia Ann? Stickel, born January 11, 1821, married July 7, 1842, Samuel Moore, born August 8, 1818, died May 

7, 1879, in Hume, N. Y T , where his family live. 

1. Maretta 8 Moore, born November 6, 1844, died October 10, 1867. 

2. Eri C. 8 Moore, born October 5, 1847, died October 21, 1867. 

3. Rosaltha* Moore, born February 9, 1850. 

4 Susannah 8 Moore, born January 8, 1853, died March 10, 1854. 

5. Rose Ann 8 Moore, born October 20, 1854, married November 3, 1875, Oliver Theodore* Crowell (1 153), 
born May 5, 1844. 

2 Rachel 7 Stickel, August 18, 1822— July 22, 1844. 

3 Myron 7 Stickel, born April 30, 1825, married October 28, 1851, Melinda Lyon, who died March 5, 1851. Myron 

married second, October 29, 1854, Mary Jane Lyon. The family lives in Centreville, N. Y. 
1. Morris* Stickel, born November 11, 1855, married January IS, 188.!, Kate Evans. 
4. Uri 7 Stickel, September 9, 1.827— October 3, 1851 1. 
5 Caroline 7 Stickel, September 12, 1831— June 3, 1844. 
6' John Murray 7 Stickel, born October 10, 18i8, died a Union soldier in a rebel hospital at Gordonsville, Va. ; 

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496. Sarah Wight (Levi 3 , Levi 4 ", Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 4, 1803, 
married in Centreville, N. Y., March 2, 1826, Peter Weaver, who died November 29, 1852. 
Under the teaching and preaching of her brother Lyman (493) Sarah joined the Mormon 
church, adhering to the reorganized branch which holds polygamy in abhorrence. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Rosaline 7 Weaver, November 23, 1S29— March 14, 1856. 

2. Miles Wight 7 Weaver, born October 30, 1835. From him I received the ancient manuscript which identified 

his family and fixed the lineage of his greatgrandfather Levi 1 Wight. See 103. 

500. Bryant 8 White (Caleb 5 , Levi 1 , Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born August 24, 
1791, married March 10, 1816, Eacbael, daughter of Jacob and Lydia (Barnes) Bates. She 
was born July 11, 1796, and died in Barre, Orleans County, N. Y., October 24, 1859. Their 
oldest child was born in what is now Herkimer County, N. Y., the remainder in Barre, N. 
Y. Bryant died at Rome City, Ind., May 29, 1865. 

CHILDREN. 

1199.— 1. Hiram. Clark, born October 6, 1816. 

1200.— 2. Albert, born September 20, 1818. 

1201.— 3. Marilda, born November 9, 1820. 

1202 4. Lucinda, born December 11, 1822. 

1203-— 5. Orlando, born August 29, 1825. 

1204 — 6. Emily Ann, born November 27, 1827. 

1205 — 7. Lucy Ann, born April 13, 1829. 

1206 8. Harlow Bryant, born August 10, 1835. 

1207.X-9. • Charles Franklin, born July 13, 1838, died in Barre September 7, 1817. 

Note. The following interesting reminiscence of this familv 1 transcribe from an Orleans County, N. Y., 
paper, of August 16, 1882 : On a cold February morning in the year 1817, a brave-hearted, ambitious young man, 
with an equally stout-hearted young wife and an infant son, set out from one of the towns of Montgomery 
county, N. Y,, with their whole worldly possessions on a rough, wood-shod sled drawn by a yoke of faithful 
oxen ; their destination being the then almost unknown " Genesee country," two hundred miles distant. After 
a temporary residence of a 'year in the town of Henrietta, Monroe Co., in the month of March, 1818, they moved 
into their new home on the Holland purchase, occupying the primitive log cabin' on the forest farm of one hun- 
dred acres, of which an "article" had been secure'd and fifteen dollars paid. The location was about three 
miles east of the present hamlet of Barre Center and four'miles west of Farwell's Mills, Clarendon ; the distance 
from the latter place being traversed through the forest, guided by marked trees, stopping occasionally to cut 
and remove some tree that obstructed their onward progress. Thus, at an early day, Bryant White and family 
became pioneer residents of that part of the town of Gaines which % some years later, became the present town of 
Barre. To them in this new home, were born four sons and as many daughters, making, with the pioneer boy, a 
family of nine children, the youngest of whom, Charlie, died in his youth. The remaining children all arrived 
at years of maturity, married, and in different localities and States founded homes of their own, raised families, 
and became engaged in the different callings pertinent to earning a livelihood. By a preconcerted arrangement 
under the blessing of our heavenly Father, on the evening of August 11th, 18S2, the brothers and sisters met at 
the house of Albert White, Carlton, N. Y., there being present the following : Hiram C. White, Alden, Erie Co., 
N. Y.; Albert White, Carlton, Orleans Co., N. Y.; Mrs Marilda W. Brothwell, Rome City, Noble Co.. Ind.; Mrs. 
Lucinda Brown, Akron, Summit Co., Ohio ; Orlando White, Hillsdale, Mich.; Mrs. Emily A. Dye, Albion, N. Y.; 
Mrs. Lucy A. Dockery, Rockford, Kent Co., Mich.; Harlow Bryant White, Newark, Ohio. The evening was 
passed in reminiscences, inquiries and congratulations, and on the morning of the 12th, the brothers and sisters 
were seated at one table, where brother Albert and his estimable wife, as host and hos'ess, served a bountiful 
repast, which was enlivened with good cheer, animated conversation, and seasoned with the most cordial love 
of a reunited family. 

501. Sylvia 6 White {Caleb 5 , Levi*, Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Tliomas 1 ), born January 25, 
1794, married Leonard Kimball and had Richard 7 and Ruth 7 Kimball. She died in Centre- 
ville, N. Y. 

502. Sophia 8 White (Caleb 5 , Levi*, NatJianiel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 22, 
1796, married four husbands, John Casselman, Levi Hilts, Robert Harmon and Joseph 
Wright. She died at Indian Ford, Wisconsin, where Joseph Wright settled. 

descendants. 

1. Mary Ann 7 Casselman, is"' dead. 

2. Loana 7 Casselman, may be living in Michigan. 
8. Louise 7 Casselman, is dead. 

4. Eliza 7 Casselman, is dead; she married Robert Scoville, who lives at Batavia, Kane County, 111. 

5. Levi 7 Hilts, lives at Indian Ford, Rock County, Wis. 

6. Sophia 7 Hilts, married Louis Lane and lives with a large family at Rantoul, Champaign County, 111. 

503. Libbeus 8 White (Caleb 5 , Levi 1 , Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 23, 
1798, owned a large brewery in Mumford, Monroe County, N. Y. He died unmarried at 
Fowlerville, N. Y., November 21, 1867. 

504. James 8 White (Caleb 5 , Levi 1 , Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 26, 1800, 
married December 28, 1822, Polly Peck, who was born March 15, 1799, and died July 19, 1838. 
He married October 20, 1839, Deborah, born June 5, 1809, daughter of Jonathan Winslow of 
West Henrietta, Monroe County, N. Y. James moved from New York to Wisconsin in 1842, 
and was living in Fulton, Rock County, in that state in 1847, in which year on January 4 his 
wife died. He married March 23, 1853, Maria Harrison, born February 1, 1825. James moved 
to Minnesota and died at his home in Kasson, June 29, 1885, He was a farmer. 



[28 The Wights. 



CHILDREN. 

1208 — 1. Truman, bom December 27, 1828. 

1309 — 2. Chauncey, born in Hume, Alleganv Co., N. Y., May 20, 1826. 

1210 — 3. Anson, born in Allegany Co., N. Y., January 18, 1828. 

1211 — 4. Cornelius, born in Alleganv Co , N. Y., March 27, 1831. 

1212 — 5. Libbeus, born May 19, 1835. 

1213 — 6. Polly, born July 9, 1838, died January 24 (or 29), 1841. 

l'ili — 7. Jonathan, born in Alabama, Genesee Co., N. Y., May 12, 1841. 

505. Anna 6 White (Caleb 5 , Levi*, Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born June 14, 1802, 
married Horace Peck. Upon her death at Clarendon, N. Y., January 15, 1834, Horace 
re-married and is still (1885) living. 

descendants. 

1. Emily" Peck, April 9, 1830— November 15, 1854. 

2. Warren L. T Peck, born December 30, 1831, lives unmarried in Orleans County, N. Y. 

506. Caleb 6 White (Caleb 5 , Levi*, Nathaniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 7, 1804, was 
an hotel-keeper at Fowlerville, N. Y., where he died January 9, 1865. He married July 17, 
1834, Jane, born in Albany, N. Y., March 30, 1805, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Ross) 
Mcintosh. Jane is (1889) living with her son William in Chicago. 

CHILDREN. 

1215.-1. Clark, born at Wheatville, N. Y., May 4, 1835. 

1316 — 2. Elizabeth, born at Wheatville, X. Y., November 25, 1836. 

1217.— 8. Ruth, born at Wheatville, N. Y., September 3, 1838. 

1218.— 4. Charlotte Ann, born at Linden, Orleans County, N. Y., March 5, 1841. 

1219 — 5. William McIntosh, born at Mumford, N. Y., June 26, 1843. 

1230 — 6. Charles Edward, born at Fowlerville, N. Y., February 20, 1846, died at Fowlerville. 

1331 — 7. James Cudworth, born at Fowlerville, N. Y., February 22, 1848, died at Fowlerville, 
January 1, 1849. 

507. Jacob 6 Wight (Jacob 3 , John*, Nathaniel*, Ephraim 2 , Tliomas 1 ), born July 20, 1764, 
lived in that part of Killingly, Conn., now called Thompson. He married in Thompson, 
Sarah, born June 5, 1764, baptized June 10, 1764, daughter of John Younglove. How many 
of their children were born in Connecticut and when the family moved into Vermont are 
not certainly known. The Guilford, Vt., records show a deed in 1787 from Barnabas Russell 
to Jacob Wight, Jr., in 1790 from the latter to Peter Aldrich, in 1803 from Jacob to Jonathan 
Russell and in 1808 from him to John C. Pratt. But before this last date he had moved to 
AVindham, Vt., which was organized from Londonderry in 1798. In 1804 Jacob Wight in 
school district No. 7 had seven children between the ages of 4 and 18 years. Jacob was one 
of the highway surveyors of Windham in 1806. On November 7, 1811. there was a convey- 
ance of land in Windham from Daniel Coff to our Jacob. Soon after this Jacob went to 
Edinburgh, Saratoga County, N. Y., and bought there an uncultivated farm and then 
returned to Windham to remove his family but he was taken sick and died before arrange- 
ments were completed. This was in 1813. His widow went on with his plans, removed to 
the new farm and lived there until her death in 1843. 

children. 

1333 — 1. Theodore, born 17S6. 

1333 — 2. Theoda, born 1786. twin of Theodore. 

1334.— 3. Thaddeus, born June 8, 1788. 

1325. — 4. Mehetabel, born 1790. 

1336 — 5. Sally, born 1792. 

1237 — 6. Eunice, born 1793. 

1328 — 7. Abigail, bom 1796. 

1339 — 8. Jacob, born 1800. 

1330.— 9. Polly, born 1803. 

1231 — 10. Orson, born July 16, 1805. 

510. Daniel 6 Wight (Daniel 5 , Peter*, Daniel 8 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 19, 
1778, was brought up in the family of Captain John Bacon of Natick; but in April, 1791, moved 
with the Bacon family to Needham where they lived seven years. On June 9, 1802, Daniel 
married Zillah Goulding, born June 10, 1782, of Natick. Daniel returned to the latter town 
to reside and passed his life as a farmer there. Zillah died July 2, 1849, Daniel died August 
12, 1865, both in Natick. The children were born in Natick. 

children. 

1232.—1. Eleazar Goulding, born December 16, 1803. 

1333.— 2. Ede Goulding, born September 6, 1S05. 

1234 3. Daniel, born September 18, 1808. 

1235 4. Miriam Fairbanks, born August 3, 1811. 

1236 —5. Mary, born May 26, 1814, died June 21, 1815. 

1237 6. Willard Amory, born April 21, 1816. 

1338.— 7. Mary Matilda, born October 3, 1818, died unmarried in Natick, November 24, 1886. 

1239 8. Eleanor Curtis, born June 27, 1821. 

Note. Zillah Goulding was daughter of Eleazar Gouldine (April 30, 1759— August 13, 1826), who June 28, 
1781, married Jemima (April 12, 1758— May 30, 1840), daughter of Oliver Bacon. Eleazar^s father was Curtis Gould- 
ing (August 3. 1710— March 25, 1774) of Sherborn, who April 30, 1743, married Zipporah (November 22, 1712— 
December 21,1793) daughter of Captain Joseph and Hannah (Wood) Ware. (Register XL1, 32.) The father of 
Curtis Goulding was Captaiu John Goulding. His wife was Abigail Curtis, who died January 16, 1766. 



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511. Emery Wight (Daniel", Peter*, Daniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 27, 1781, 
was in South Brimfield, Mass., in January, 1806, in which month he married there Abigail 
Stewart of that place who was born April 6, 1784. vVfterwards, but how long I know not, but 
before 1817 Emery moved into New York state and occupied a farm in Manchester, Oneida 
County, N. Y., where in March, 1826, his wife died and is buried. Emery married in Madi- 
son, Oneida County, JM. Y., September 23, 1828, Sally King of Madison, a widow with children. 
He moved eventually to a farm in Vernon, Oneida County, where he lived until 1845-6, 
when he broke up his residence and lived with his children, His wife died in 1848. Later 
he was living or visiting with some of his children in New Jersey and died December 20, 
1851. — Oneida County was originally of greater extent than at present. 

CHILDREN. 

134U.— 1. Parker, born , see Note. 

1341 2. Emery, born September 2, 1809. 

1343 3. Sally, born September 14, 1812. 

1343.— 4. Abigail, born , see Note. 

1344.— 5. Eveline Celissa, born in Sangerfield, Oneida County, N. Y., October 26, 1819, died 

unmarried January, 1849, 

1345.— 6. Maria Groves, born August 4, 1830. 

1346.— 7. Harriet, born in Watertown, N. Y., November 21, 1832, died January 5, 1852. 

1347.— 8. Mary, born in Pulaski, N. Y., May 7, lfe35, died September 17, 1835. 

Note. Letters written by Emery 7 in 1845 giving family records, make uo mention of Parker and Abigail. 
They probably died too early to be important factors in the family. 

512. Polly 6 Wight (Daniel 5 , Peter*, Daniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born August 6. 1782, 
married in Brimfield, December 7, 1800, John Anderson, born June 4, 1779, son of David 
and Irene (Janes) Anderson of Holland, Mass. Irene Janes was daughter of Jonathan and 
Irene (Bradford) Janes, and Irene Bradford was daughter of Joseph Bradford, who was son 
of Deputy Governor William Bradford, son of Governor William Bradford of Plymouth, who 
married Alice Soutbworth. See Register IV, 45; XIV, 174, 175, but on page 175 Jones should 
be Janes. Correct Janes' Janes family, 114. — John Anderson was a farmer in Holland, where 
all of Polly's children-were born. She died October 1, 1819, and her husband married Mary 
Wicker and had other children. He died February 14, 1841. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Lucy 7 Anderson (October 13, 1801— October 7, 18S1); married William Allen Haynes, son of Benjamin and Polly 

'Haynes. William was born iu Wales, Mass., and was a farmer in Palmer, Mass., wherehe died October 9, 1875. 

1. Irene Childs s Haynes, born in Holland about March, 1822, married January, 1840, George Howe, who 

died in Bolton, Conn., September 27, 1882. She died in Monson. 

1. George Harrison" Howe, born , was killed when 24 years old, July 30, 1S64, at the 

Petersburg, Va., Crater. Lieut. John" Anderson, below, an eye-witness of his kinsman's 
death, thus writes me : " George was Captain and Assistant Inspector General on the staff of 
Brig. -Gen. William F. Bartlett. I was in command of Co. E, of the 57th Mass. Volunteers. I 
was lying upon the field wounded. He came to me in hopes of getting me out of that dread- 
ful slaughter-peu. At this time a desperate charge was made by the enemy ; our color-bearer 
was killed. Howe seized the colors and rushed forward in a vain endeavor to stem the tide 
that was sweeping down upon us like a torrent. I saw him through the smoke of battle far 
iu advance, with his sword in one hand and the flag in the other, calling for the brigade to 
follow him. Howe fell, shot through the heart, and left over half the brigade upon the 
bloody field. His body was recovered together with the flag he so gallantly defended. 
No plumed knight e'er faced a fiercer storm, battled in a nobler cause, or had a braver heart 
than George H. Howe. If you can spare a page in your book to devote to him. his name will 
honor it as a shining light to future generations, a name of which we may well be proud." 

2. Larene Eveline 11 Howe (August 21, 1844— August 12, 1870), married November 19, 1S66, Timothy 

D. Potter, born April 12, 1840, now of Bond's Village, Mass. (Potter's Potter families, Pt 8, p. 14). 

2. Artemas Lane" Haynes, born in Monson, January 8, 1825, was in the wood aud coal business at Three 

Rivers, Mass.; married in Manchester, Conn., May 2, 1855, Sarah Louisa Miner. He died in Three 
Rivers, January 22, 1889. 

1. William Miner Haynes, born April 2, 1856, married November 2, 1S75, Belle Waity Perry. They 

live at Three Rivers. 

1. Artemas Perrv 10 Haynes, born September 5, 1876. 

2. Fred. Eugene™ Haynes, December 3, 1878— December 28, 1880. 

2. Mora Haynes, October 7, 1857— January 17, 1858. 

3. Aletha 9 Haynes, February 15, 1861— February 20, 1863. 

4. Melville Northrop Haynes, born September 18, 1863, lives in Springfield, Mass, 

5. Charles Porter Haynes, born August 12, 1S65, lives in Three Rivers; married March 27, 1888, 

Nettie Harriet Moore, born December 1, 1864. 

6. Minnie" Haynes, September 18, 1868— September 26, 1868. 

7. Fred. Anderson" Haynes, February 22, 1874— July 10, 1877. 

2. Hiram 7 Anderson (March 8, 1803— November 17. 1864). married March 29, 1836, Clariuda Blodgett, born in 

Palmer, August 23, 1812, died at Stafford, Conn., June 14, 1845. Hiram married October 2, 1845, Clarissa (Jan- 
uary 24, 1811— March 18, 18S3), daughter of Jeduthun Eaton of Wales. 

1. Harriet Amelia" Anderson, born in Monson July 25, 1888, lives in Three Rivers. She married there 

November 25, 1862, James Brooks Burlingame, who died there December 12, 1870. She married Octo- 
ber 11, 1883, William Talmadge of Palmer, born March 17, 1833. They live upon a farm at Three 
Rivers. Mrs. Talmadge is an indefatigable genealogist. 

1. Angie Almira 9 Burlingame, born at Three Rivers April 14, 1865, married March 12, 1S87, Milton 

H. Grant of West Springfield. 

2. James Anson Burlingame, born at Three Rivers February 15, 1869. 

2. John" Anderson, born in Monson January 9, 1841, was wounded at Petersburg Crater, July 30, 1864, 

when in command of Co. E, 57th Mass. Vols. He is now First Lieutenant in the 18th Infantry, regu- 
lar army, and Brevet Captain U. S. V., stationed at Fort Gibson, Indian Territory. He married in 

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130 The Wights. 



Worcester, Mass., April 8, 1867, Ella Christophine Denny, daughter of Henry A. Denny of Worcester. 
1. Winona Denny 9 Anderson, born at Camp Swain, Humboldt, Tenn , June S, 1868. 
3. Seneca* Anderson, born in Monson, August 18, 18-13, died there March 9, 1844. 

3. Susannah Paine 7 Anderson (May 15, 1804— July 21, 1870), married David Shaw (June 18, 1801— October 23, 1827) 

Artemas Lane (January 5, 1774— May 27, 1851), and Hardin Clark, all of Monson. 

1. Mary Eliza* Shaw, born February 10, 1828, married November 9, 1847, Andrew Jackson Northrop of 
Palmer, born December 18, 1826. He is a farmer and lumber dealer, and has been Democratic nom- 
inee in his district for state legislature. His father, Willis Northrop, was son of Amos, who was 
son of Thomas Northrop, born December 2, 1 732, in Register XLIII, 248. 

1. Herbert Anderson 9 Northrop, born July 20, 1851, married December 15, 1873, Josie M. Keith of 

Palmer. He was constable for Palmer 1875, collector of taxes 1876 and for nine years, was 
appointed deputy sheriff of Hampden Couuty in 1877, and is still such. 
1. Ola May 10 Northrop, born December 26, 1878. 

2. Olin Shaw 9 Northrop, born December 20, 1854, died unmarried September 5, 1878. 

3. Delbert Willis 9 Northrop, born August 12, 1860, lives unmarried in Boston. 

4. Shepherd 7 Anderson, born October 27, 1809, a cripple, died unmarried in Palmer December 12, 1881. 

513. George Puffer Wight (Daniel 5 , Peter 41 , Daniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Novem- 
ber 3, 1783, married June 12, 1S10, Hannah, born in Monson April 5, 1784, ninth cbild of 
Judah and Hannah (Cooley) Ferry. George was a farmer, baving a fertile estate in Brim- 
field. He and bis wife lived to a great age, and wben he was 91 and his wife six months his 
junior, they lived in Brimfield, with their servant Peggy Stebbins, aged 89, as the only other 
occupant of their little homestead. Hannah died in Brimfield February 12, 1875; her hus- 
band survived until October 2, 1880, having lived longer than the preceding half century in 
Brimfield, and being at his death its oldest citizen. (Hyde's Brimfield, 467, 402). 

CHILDREN. 

J 248.— 1. George Washington, born in Palmer, February 12, 1811. 

1249. — 2. Hancy Elizabeth, born in Wellington, Conn., September 17, 1814. 

1250.— 3. Daniel Russell, born in Brimfield, July 21, 1820. 

515. Ann Fisher Wight (Daniel 5 , Peter 4, , Daniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 22, 
1787, married at Medway November 6, 1812, Judson, son of Titus Metcalf of that place. After 
marriage they removed to Union and Windham, Conn., and in 1823 to Oneida Lake, N. Y., 
where for 23 years Judson was a farmer, and where Ann died October 6, 1845. Her husband 
soon after removed to Ixonia, Wis., and died in the town of Watertown, Wis., June 4, 1864. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Fisher 7 Metcalf, born July 19, 1813, married at Oneida Lake, Elvira, daughter of John Newhouse. Residence 
Raymond, la. In 1889 Fisher and wife were living at Dewar, Blackhawk Co., Iowa. Seven children. 

Mary Ann 7 Metcalf, born in Union, Conn., October 19, 1815, married in Watertown, January 29, 1852, Thomas, 
son of Briggs and Freelove (Wickam) Hall. He died in Watertown, January 14, 1855. Residence Watertown. 
1. Sarah Jane s Hall, born in Watertown, October 29, 1854, died there March 10, 1855. 

3. Harriet Newell 7 Metcalf, born in Windham, April 22, 1821, married at Oneida Lake, December 22, 1842, George 

Clover. Upon his death at Ixonia she married William Hart. No children. 

4. Levi Hathaway 7 Metcalf, born at Oneida Lake, November 16, 1823, moved in October, 1845, to Sand Lake, Rens- 

selaer County, N. Y., where he lived a carpenter and machinist and where his children were born. He mar- 
ried at East Nassau, Rensselaer County, N. Y., October 3, 1846, Lucy Suvena Coons, born December 24, 1824, 
daughter of Joshua and Maria (Wheeler) Coons. Levi died at Sand Lake, October 10, 1885. His widow 
resides there. 

1. William Edwin 8 Metcalf, born December 14, 1848, married at Troy, N. Y., October 29, 1869, Kate Taylor 
of Adams, Jefferson County, N. Y. He died at Sand Lake, August 19, 1872. 

2 CoTa Maria s Metcalf, born December 13, 1854, resides with her mother. 

3. Anna Valetta 8 Metcalf, born June 7, 1865, died at Sand Lake, May 9, 1877. 
5 Asa Daniel 7 Metcalf, born in Lenox, N. Y., November 9, 1S28, married at Farmington, Wis,, January 16, 1861, 
Harriet Eliza, daughter of Samuel T. and Hannah B. (Jacobs) Hoisington. They lived at Watertown. Asa 
died September 15, 1876 ; his widow died May 21, 1883— both in Watertown. 

1. Ella Alma« Metcalf, born February 10, 1862, married December 25, 1883, Thomas C. Roberts, They had 

Forrest L. 9 Roberts, born in Watertown, April 17, 1885, died June 25, 1886 ; and Lee Allison 9 Roberts, 
born in Watertown March 5, 1887. 

2. Hattie Bells Metcalf, born March 2, 1864, died April 23, 1871. 

3. Francis William* Metcalf, born May 18, 1865. 

4. Myrtie Anna* Metcalf, born September 22, 1868, died March 8, 1880. 

5. George Daniel 8 Metcalf, born October 23, 1874. 

516. Sally 6 Wight (Daniel 5 , Peter 4 ", Daniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 14, 
1790, married Philo Rosbrooks, who was a farmer at Paris, Oneida County, N. Y.,in 1816, and 
later at North Norwich, N. Y. She died at the latter place of quick consumption August 18, 
1818, " leaving behind her one small boy." Before April 12, 1820, Philo had re-married. Of 
the later history of the one small boy and of his father I can find nothing. 

517. Ephraim Wight (Daniel 5 , Peter*, Daniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born February 24, 
1792, went in early manhood to Coventry, Conn., where he formed a partnership with his 
brother Daniel (518) in manufacturing satinets and running a custom carding mill. This 
partnership was dissolved March 2, 1815. On some unknown date between September, 1818, 
and. June, 1819, Ephraim married Lydia Potwin (1255, Note 2) of East Windsor, Conn., born 
November 9, 1792. Doubtless about the time of his marriage Ephraim started for the West 
and in June, 1819, he was engaged to take charge of the clothing business in a woolen factory 
at Marcellus, Onondaga County, N. Y. In a year he began dressing cloth for himself at 



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Skaneateles, and in 1821 at VVolcott, N. Y. Later as partner of Simeon Van Akin he was 
engaged in cloth dressing and running a saw-mill and flouring mill at Wolcott. He died Sep- 
tember 23, 1823, at Wolcott. 

CHILDREN. 

1251.— 1. Thomas Potwin, born in Skaneateles, January 16, 1820. 

1253.— 2. Israel Hudson, born in Wolcott, March 22, 1822, died in Wolcott, September 14, 1825. 

Note. Ephraim's widow, Lydia Wight, married in Wolcott, November 17, 1823, Simeon Van Akin, above 
mentioned. Their daughter, Lydia Ann Potwin Van Akin, married William Ward 7 Wight (1255), son of 
Ephraim's brother Daniel (518). 

518. Daniel Wight (Daniel 5 , Peter*, Daniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born June 14, 1793, 
removed early in life to Coventry, Conn., where by successive promotions he became eventu- 
ally superintendent and part owner of a factory there located. His partnership with his 
brother Ephraim (see 517), was dissolved March 2, 1815. He married September 20, 1815, 
Roxana Kingsbury, at North Coventry, where she was born August 5, 1796. She had been a 
student of Rev. Mr. Woodruff of Coventry, a woman of strong literary taste and of unusual 
observation and intelligence, the most cultured of her father's seven daughters. After his 
marriage Daniel resided in Lebanon, Conn., and then removed to Griswold. The names of 
Daniel and Roxana occur in the list of organizing members of the Second Ecclesiastical Soci- 
ety of Griswold, April 14, 1825, which society they joined by letter from the First Church in 
Griswold. (Kurd's New London County, 407). In March, 1827, one of the manufactories of 
woolen goods in Jewett City, (Griswold) Conn., of which Daniel was superintendent and 
part owner, was burned. On Monday, July 21, 1828, at 6: 30 a. m., at his home in Jewett City 
his wife died of consumption, and in two days her infant son followed her. In the following 
spring Daniel left Connecticut. He had been an enterprising and esteemed citizen of Coventry, 
and its neighborhood, and is still gratefully remembered by the "Ecclesiastical Society of 
North Coventry " as its members are summoned to their public worship by the tones of the 
bell which he caused to be placed in their church in November, 1847. In the spring of 1826 
he removed to Albia, now a part of Troy, N. Y., where was a good water power and where 
he had charge of a large woolen factory. Every morning at 9 o'clock he summoned the fac- 
tory employes to prayers by the sound of a bell — an incident which gives a glimpse of his 
character and is an evidence how differently things used to be done. On May 1, 1832, Daniel 
moved into Troy, and just one year later he purchased a home at No. 100 Third street, which 
he occupied 22 years and with which are connected my early memories. On March 30, 1836, 
he married in Troy Sophronia Porter, born September 26, 1803, a niece of his first wife. He 
resided in Troy in the wool commission business, in partnership with his son William and 
others, for many years. In May, 1856, he removed to Sand Lake, Rensselaer County, N. Y., 
being connected with H. C. & G. C. Arnold in the manufacture of satinet warps, stockings, 
etc., and in a grist mill and store. Retiring from active business he returned to Troy, but his 
residence then on Fifth street, was burned by the disastrous fire of May 10, 1862. In 1863 he 
removed with his wife and their daughter toBloomfield, N. J. While in a horse car in New 
York, October 19, 1864, he died of apoplexy and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, 
N. Y. While living in Troy, he was in 1841 school commissioner, and one of the school trus- 
tees of the Second Ward, and in 1843, alderman. — His widow and daughter removed to Somer- 
ville, N. J., where Mrs. Wight still survives. 

CHILDREN. 

1253.— 1. Sereno Edwin, born in Coventry, September 28, 1816. 

1254 — 2. Cornelia, born in Lebanon, Conn., October 6, 1818, died in Troy, September 24, 1829 

1255.— 3. William Ward, born in Jewett City, February 4, 1821. 

1256.— 4. Joseph Kingsbury, born in Jewett City, February 9, 1824. 

1257.— 5. George Washington, born in Jewett Citv, July 1, 4828, died July 23, 1828. 

1258.— 6. Edwin Mather, born in Troy, October 31, 1836. 

1259.— 7. Alice Aloa, born in Troy, March 21, 1849. 

Note 1. Kingsbury : The Kingsbury genealogy now compiling by Mary Kingsbury Talcott of Hartford, 
Conn., is awaiting authentic information from England, relative to the ancestry of this family there. From Miss 
Talcott I learn that the will, dated April 9, 1622, of James Kingsbury of Boxford, Suffolk, mentions his sous James, 
Henry, John, Joseph and Thomas, his grandson Henry, and his brother's sons, Henry and James. It is more 
than probable that of this family was Henry Kingsbury, of Ipswich, Rowley and Haverhill, Mass., who was 54 
years old in 1669. He died in Haverhill October 1, 1687, his wife, Susannah, died February 21, 1678-9. (Register 
XIII, 157). They had a son Joseph Kingsbury (1657-April 9, 1741), who married April 2, 1679, Love Ayres (Note 5) 
of Haverhill, and built him a cottage there for his bride. (Chase's Haverhill, 94). Love Ayres, born April 15 
1663, died among her descendants at Norwich West Farms, now Franklin, Conn., April 2, 1735. Joseph and Love 
had two sons born in Haverhill, Deacon Joseph and Captain Nathaniel Kingsbury, who both removed to the 
Farms in 1708-9. The younger, Nathaniel (August 23, 1684— September 18, 1763), married Hannah Denison (Note 7) 
of Ipswich, Mass., who died aged 82, May 14, 1772. Nathaniel resided in that part of Coventry, Conn., now called 
Andover, and the inscriptions upon their tombs may still be read in the graveyard there. Nathaniel and Han- 
nah had a daughter Priscilla (March 22, 1720— January 31, 1803), of whom later (see Calhoun's Historical Address 
39). Captain Nathaniel's elder brother Deacon Joseph Kingsbury was born June 22, 1682, and died at the Farms 
December 1, 1757. He married in Haverhill February 5, 1706, Ruth (June 7, 1686— May 6, 1779), elder sister of said 
Hannah Denison (Note 7). Ruth owned at least two slaves whom she liberated in December, 1773; she left at her 
death " a clear estate of the value of £500 lawful money." (Kingsbury v. Tolland, 2 Root, 355). But she left a com- 
paratively larger estate of descendants, for her tombstone avers that there were living of her posterity, at her 
decease, 5 children, 41 grand-children, 152 great grand-children and 15 of the next generation— a total of 213 per- 
sons (Register XIII, 159). Among her thirteen children were : 



132 The Wights. 



Ephraim KINGSBURY, (January -1, 1706-7—1772), married July 3, 1728, Martha Smith. Their son Ephraim, 
born March 13, 17S9, married April 13, 1758, Phebe French, and had a son Jabez, born October 22, 1769. 
Jabez married December 10, 1789, Freelove ftley, and had among others, Ephraim. born July 20, 1799, 
and Alvan, born March 9, 1803. Ephraim married Clarissa Bingham and had a son Charles Andrew 
Kingsbury, born February 18, 1826, who married Martha Kingsbury, under XI, below; Alvan married 
Emmeline Kingsbury, XI below. 

Hannah Kingsbury, born March 6, 1708 (Walworth's Hiide Genealogy I, 39 says March 13, 1709) married 
October 11, 1727, Captain Jacob Hyde of Norwich West Farms, born January 20, 1703. They had 
Ephraim Hyde, born April 28, 1734. who married Martha Giddings and settled in Stafford. Ephraim 
and Martha' had a daughter Lydia Hyde, born at Stafford, January 6, 1761, wife of Captain Joseph 
Alden (IOOO, Note). For marriages of two of Captain Alden's children see 274. 

Deacon Ebenezer Kingsbury (February 11, 1716 — September 6, 1800) of Coventry, married November 28, 
17 1?., said Priscilla Kingsbury, his first cousin. She is reported to have read her Bible through for the 
purpose of ascertaining if her marriage to so near a relative was lawful. The decision would appear to 
have been in the affirmative. Rev. Addison Kingsbury, D. D., thus writes me of his grandfather: 
" Deacon Ebenezer was a man of rare endowments. He was not only a devoted Christian, but he was a 
man in whom all had confidence. In the early period of its history he had more influence, and was 
more confided in than any man who ever resided in Coventry. At a time when party spirit ran high he 
was repeatedly elected to the Legislature without opposition. He served in that bo<iy from 1754 to 1780. 
His goins home from the Legislature in Hartford on a Saturday, when the country was in danger, con- 
verting the leaden weights of the family clock into bullets, and returning_ the next Monday with his 
saddle-bags full of missiles and edibles, was but one among numerous instances of his energy and 
patriotism." Among his children was a daughter Martha Edgerton Kingsbury, born in 175S (who is 
said by her nephew Dr. Kingsbury, above, to have been betrothed to Captain Nathan Hale, born June 
6, 1755, whom the British hanged as a spy); and an elder son Joseph Kingsbury (April 17, 1753 — April 
13. 1828) of Coventry, a lieutenant in the Revolutionary army. He married February 21,1750, Lois 
Richardson Porter (Note 2) of Coventry (April 14, 1759— May 20, 1814). The eleven children of Joseph 
and Lois all born in Coventry were : 
I. Lois, born January 14, 1781, married November 3, 1805, Ira Lillie. She died childless November 

20, 1811, and he married her sister Persis. 
II. Oliver (June 24, 1782— November 12, 1809), married April 28, 1803, Cynthia Wing (November 22, 
1782 — 1856), of Windsor, Conn. She married Shubael Brewster after Oliver's death. Oliver's 
children were: 

A. Maria (Mav 12, 1806— July 23, 1848), wife of Alonzo Streeter, M. D. (May 1, 1805— Julv 6, 

1856), of Albia, Troy, N. Y. The Streeter children are: 1. Cynthia, born May 7, 1832, 
unmarried; 2. Helen Cornelia, born July 16, 1834, who October 22, 1856, married James 
Sims (he died August 10, 1S62), of Troy, N. Y.; 3. Caroline, born 1835, who married March 
13. 1853, Edward Seymour and died'in New York, January 6, 1856; 4. Julia Augusta, 
born August 9, 1842, "who married John A. Davis and died in" Troy, July 28, 1885; 5. John 
Mason Good, born January 8, 1847. 

B. Oliver Richmond, born March 15, 1809, married September 26, 1838, Susan Patterson, of 

New York, who died June 17, 1S49. Mr. Kingsbury was connected with the American 
Tract Society in New York for over 60 years. Among his children are Rev. Oliver 
Addison, born August 20, 1839, and Rev. Howard Kingsburv, born February 3, 1842, 
Yale, 1863. 

III. Eunice Backus (November 14, 1784— January 6, 1S33), wife of Ebenezer Porter. Among their chil- 

dren were : 

A. Sophronia, born September 26, 1S03, wife of Daniel" Wight (5181. 

B. Aloa (April 28, 1814 — January 13, 1846), married Hon. John Cotton Mather of New York. 

The Mather children were: 1. Emma, who April 20, 1864, married Edward Beebe; 
2. Sophronia Porter, who December 1. 1*64, married John Willis Sanderson ; 3. Sarah. 

IV. Ward (January 10, 1787 — February 6, 1844), married February 3. 1808. Irene Avery and lived in 

Litchfield, Ohio. Irene died February 10, 1856. They had Louisa; Diana, who married Matthew 
Allvn and lived in Wellington, Ohio; and Ebenezer who fell at Lookout Mountain, November 
23, i863. 
V. Persis (December 10, 1789— October 31, 1854), married Ira Lillie, who died December 2, 1823. They 
had Marcus: Elizabeth T., who married Kingsbury Root (Dwight's Strong family, 325), and died 
in Chicago, February 3, 1888 ; and Janet, born May 81, 1821. 
VI. Electa (June 9. 1791— December 6, 1848), married Levi Sweetland, who died in Coventry, May 9, 
1851. They had 

A. Mary Ann, born July, 1811, wife of George N. Loomis of Coventry. 

B. Oliver Wolcott, born June 12, 1817, died young. 

C. Henry Kirke White, born May 18, 1821, who composed and published Tlie Plough Boy and 

other music. He married May 9, 1850, Elizabeth J. Mann of Trov. She died there June 
19, 1852. 

D. Harriet Elizabeth, born February 24, 1824, died in Coventry, May 14 1853, wife of George 

Pomeroy of Coventry. 

E. Levi Parsons, born April 25, 1827, died in New York, July 24, 1854. 

VII. Mary (October 3, 1793— July 26, 1838). married in May, 1S13, Harlan Page, who died September 23, 
1834, aged 48, and whose praise is in all the churches. Children : 

A. Erwin, born August 11, 1815, graduated Marietta College 1842, and went to Lane Seminary. 

He died in an Insane Asylum at Cincinnati, August 8, 1865. 

B. Electa Maria, born October 22, 1817, married July 18, 1843, Rev. John Lewis, a home mis- 

sionary in Wisconsin. He died September 2, 1860. 

C. Cvrus Kingsbury , born May 15, 1822, married Sophrone Davenport in New York in 1841, and 

'died March 30, 1843. 

D. Harlan Marius (January 1, 1834— June 15, 1886), married January 1, 1866, Sarah Eliza Tur- 

ner. He lived in Madison, where he was city editor of the State Journal and was also a 
reporter of the legislature. He died in Baraboo, Wis. 
VIII. Jioxana, born August 5, 1796, wife of Daniel" Wight (518). 
IX. Bulk (April 24, 1798— October 27, 1831), married November 26, 1818, Simon Tracy (Walworth's 
Hyde Genealogy, I, 447), born May 3, 1796. Residence Norwich, where Ruth died. Children : 

A. Addison Leander. born October 25, 1819, married January 14, 1S45, Laura P. Hunt of Ver- 

non, who died at Rockville, Conn., August 3, 1846. He married in April 1848, Anne Loviee 
Chester, and lived in Elm wood, 111. 

B. Lois Abby, born July 21, 1821, married August 17, 1842, Eli Gifford. 

C. Simon, 

D. Susan Kingsbury, born October 23, 1831, unmarried, lived in Elmwood. 

X. Addison, born July 5, 1800, studied at Andover Theo. Sem., removed in November, 1828, to 
Marietta, O., and was a home missionary a long while in that region, was settled at Putnam, 



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O., 39 year*, resides in August, 18S9, tit Marietta, is D. D. and trustee of Marietta College; married 
April 27, 1830, Emma Little, who died August 11, 1830. He married second August 20, 1832, 
Mary Farrar Price, born in Bucksport, Maine, December 26, 1804, died in Marietta January 17, 
1888. For an account of her life see Dr. Kingsbury's In Memoriam. He has published other 
works of a theological and historical character. Children: 

A. Harlan Page, born August 12, 1836, has resided in Parkersburg, W. Va., now in Marietta. 

B. Joseph Addison, born September 26, 1840. 

C. Frederick William, born October 4, 1843, died January 1, 1849. 

XL Emmeline (March 12, 1803— October 9, 1877), married Alvan Kingsbury, above. They had Martha 
who married Charles Andrew Kingsbury above ; Joseph, Ruth and Addison. 
13. Nathaniel Kinokbury, born February 7, 1730, married September 4, 1755, Sarah, daughter of Jacob Hill 
of Cambridge. Among their ten children was Jacob, born June 6, 1756, who married in 1779, Sarah, 
daughter of Dr. Benjamin Ellis of Norwich. Jacob was a colonel in the army, was in the Black Hawk 
war and died in 1887. His son James Kingsbury, Captain U. S. A., of St. Louis, Mo., born 1801, married 
1830, Julia Antoinette, daughter of Jean Pierre Cabanne of St. Louis. They had three children : 

A. Jules Cabanne, who died in 1867. 

B. Adele Louisa, who married in May, 1854, Alfred Morgan Waterman of St. Louis, who died in 

December, 1885. 

C. Mary Virginia, who married in 1865, Monsieur Armand Francois Robert Comte de Giverville of 

Chateau de Paray, Palluau, Indre, France. He died in St. Louis, aged 66, April 4, 1889. 

Note 2. Porter : John Porter, son of John Porter, was born in 1590, "in Kenil worth, Warwickshire, England, 
at Wraxhall Abbey, the ancient seat of the family, and where many of their number are interred. He was 
descended in the 12th generation from a Norman knight in the train of Duke William of Normandy, at the Con- 
quest A. D. 1066, who bore the name of William de la Porte, as may be seen upon the rolls of Battle Abbey, but 
which soon became transformed into Porter." (Circular of Henry Porter Andrews to the Porter family). This state- 
ment is doubtless probable so far as the line is concerned, but the generations will perhaps be found to be more 
than twelve. John Porter, his wife Rose and their children sailed from London in the Anne, arriving at Dor- 
chester May 30, 1627. There he remained until in 1635, he assisted in the settlement of Windsor, Conn. He died 
there April 22, 1648, Rose died May 12, 1648. I note but two of their thirteen children— Samuel and Mary: 

I. Samuel Porter, born in England about 1K26, married Hannah Stanley (Note 3). He was one of the king's 

justices. He removed in 1659, from Windsor to Hadley, Mass., and died September 6, 1689. Among his 

ten children were : 

A. Samuel Porter, born April 6, 1660, who married Joanna Cooke. Their son Rev. Aaron Porter of 

Medford, who was the ancestor of Admiral Porter, had a daughter Susanna, who, August 4, 
1739, married Rev. Aaron Cleveland of Haddam (Vinton's Richardson Memorial, 192). Rev. Aaron 
died August 11, 1757, at the house of his friend Dr. Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia. "The 
Pennsylvania Gazette of August 18, 1757, contained an obituary notice by the editor, Dr. Franklin." 
(Chicago Times, February 28, 1885 ; Milwaukee Sentinel, March 19, 18t7 ; Cleveland's Moses Cleveland, 
39; Cleveland's Benjamin Cleveland, 84. See also Walworth's Hyde Genealogy I, 95). But Dr. 
Franklin was in Europe in all of August, 1757 ! (Sparks' Dr. Franklin I, 226). Rev. Aaron was father 
of Rev. Aaron of Norwich, father of Deacon William of Norwich, father of Rev. Richard Falley 
Cleveland of Holland Patent, N. Y., father of Stephen Grover Cleveland, president of the United 
States (Register XXXIX, 391; XL, 309). 

B. Thomas Stanley Porter, born April 1, 1683, lived in, and was an early town clerk of Coventry, 

Conn. He married November 13, 1707, Thankful Babcock. They lived near the South Coventry 
meeting-house, now called Boyiugto n place. Their son Deacon Jonathan Porter (1713-1790) of 
Coventry, married, June 20, 1734, Sarah Ladd (Note h), and had a son Jonathan, born 1737, who 
married iu 1758, Lois Richardson (Note 8). Jonathan and Lois were parents of Lois Richardson 
Porter, wife of Joseph Kingsbury, (Note 1). 
II. MarV Porter, born about 1630, married May 26, 1658, Samuel Grant, born in Dorchester, Mass., Novem- 
ber 12, 1631. They had Samuel Grant, lather of Noah Grant of Windsor, father of Noah Grant of Tol- 
land, father of Noah Grant ot Coventry, father of Jesse Root Grant, father of Ulysses Simpson Grant, 
president of the United States. (Register XXI, 173, 330) . 

Notes. Stanley: Hannah Stanley, wife of Samuel Porter, (Notes), was daughter of Thomas Stanley," a 
younger son of the earl of Derby." (Letter from Mr. Andrews) Thomas came from London in 1635, and was one 
of the original proprietors of Hartford. For his history see Warren's Stanley families, 285. For what is known of 
the English ancestry of this Stanley see Warren's Stanley families, ,19, where it is stated that Thomas was not 
closely of the family of the earls of Derby. He died in Hadley and was buried January 30, 1663 (Judd and Bolt- 
wood's Hadley. 582). His wife was Beunet, Benet, Benett (Benedicta), sirname unknown. Her gravestone in 
Hartford says she was born August 1, 1609, and died January, 1664. (Warren's Stanley families, 288, 289.) Their 
daughter Hannah died December 18, 1708. 

Note U. Ladd: Daniel Ladd came from London in 1G33 in the Mary and John; his son Samuel Ladd of 
Haverhill married Martha Corliss and had a son Nathaniel Ladd. This last removed from Haverhill to Norwich, 
now Franklin, Conn., and then to Coventry. He married Abigail Bodwell of Methuen, Mass., who died August 
7, 1778. He died June 11, 1757. Their child Sarah Ladd, born January 6, 1712, married Jonathan Porter, Note 2. 

Note 5. Ayres: John Ayer was of Salisbury, Mass., 1640, and a land holder in Haverhill in 1645 ; he died 
March 31, 1657; wife Hannah (Chase's Haverhill, 615, 60, 73). Their son Thomas married April 1, 1656, Elizabeth 
Hutchins, (Note 0), and died in 1686. Thomas and Elizabeth had a daughter Love Ayres, wife of Joseph Kings- 
bury, Note 1. 

Note 6. Hutchins : John and Frances Hutchins were of Newbury and moved to Haverhill, where John 
died aged 70 in 1674. Frances seems to have been a flagrant violator of law ! In the year 1653 she was presented 
to the Court for wearing a silk hood, but " upon testimony of her being brought up above the ordinary way was 
discharged." This malum prohibitum was a law passed by the general Court in 1653 agaiDst " intolerable excess 
and bravery in dress." No person whose estate did not exceed £200 was permitted to wear any gold or silver 
lace or buttons, great boots (see 36, Note), silk hoods, ribbons or scarfs, under a penalty often shillings. (Chase's 
Haverhill, 79.)— John and Frances Hutchins were the parents of Elizabeth Hutchins, Note 5. 

Note 7. Denison : John Denison, a weaver of Ipswich (Felt's Jpsivich, 99), known of there in 1641 and 1678 
(Register, II, 51, 174 ; VII, 77, 78), died in 1683. By wife Priscilla he was father of John who joined the Ipswich 
church by taking the covenant January 25, 1673-4. By wife Ruth John, Jr., was father in Ipswich of Ruth Deni- 
son (Register, XIII, 159), and it is supposed of Hannah Denison, wives of Deacon Joseph and Captain Nathaniel 
Kingsbury, Note 1. This parentage of Ruth and Hannah Denison is given upon the authority of Mary Kings- 
bury Talcott of Hartford, the laborious compiler of the yet unpublished Kingsbury genealogy. The infer- 
ential affiliation of these sisters (Baldwin and Cliffs George Denison, 330, 331), from Rev. John and Elizabeth 
(Saltonstall) Denison and thus from Maj.-Gen. Daniel Denison and Captain Roger Dudley which would be very 
agreeable to the descendants of these sisters must yield to that which is written. 



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Notes. Richardson: Lois Richardson who married Jonathan Porter, (Note 2), was doubtless a descendant 
of Amos Richardson who married Rachael Yarrington of Long Island and emigrated from Stonington, Conn., to 
Coventry in 1717. He had twelve children, including Amos, Stephen, Justus, Nathan and Jonathan. (Calhoun's 
Historical address, 40.) 

519. Abigail Upham Wight {Ephraim 5 , Ephraim 4 , Daniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
April 24, 1777, married Dean, and lived in Vermont. This was a second marriage. 
She had a son who was a Methodist minister. 

520. Orange 6 Wight {Ephraim , Ephraim 4 ', Daniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 10, 
1779, moved into southern New York. He wns living in Chenango County early in the cen- 
tury, and was there visited by his brother Ephraim and their father on their way to the 
West. Orange married in Lisle (now Barker) Broome County, N. Y., December 17, 1802, Rox- 
ana Sweetland, who was born August 4, 1779. He was a farmer living at Smithville, Che- 
nango County, N. Y., where he died of quick consumption, May 18, 1824. His widow died 
January 8, 1845. 

CHILDREN. 

1360.— 1. Jonas Sweetland, born September 30, 1807. 

1261.— 2. William Dixon, born October 6, 1810. 

1362.— 3. Alanson Ely, born August 2, 1812. 

1263 4. Mary Hoag, born April 13 (or 18), 1816. 

1364 5. Martha, born August 12, 1817. 

1265 — 6. Seleucia, born September 6, 1819, died unmarried Ma}' 29, 1849. 

521. Patience Wight (Ephraim 5 , Ephraim 4 , Daniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 7, 
1781, married, January 22, 1799, Stephen Lyon of Ludlow, Mass., born in 1775. He was the 
son of Deacon David Lyon, one of the early settlers of Ludlow from Woodstock, Conn., by 
his wife Eunice Stebbins. Stephen resided in Ludlow until after the birth of 11 children 
when he removed to Monson, where his daughter Caroline was born. He was a farmer. He 
died December 23, 1837; Patience died in Wilbraham, January 2, 1861. (Noon's Ludlow, 191). 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Lucy 7 Lyon (November 22, 1800— December 4, 1881), married Joseph Cleaveland. Residence Mansfield, Conn. 

2. Solon 7 Lyon (August 22, 1802— June 24, 1873), a farmer in Ludlow, married Hannah White, sister of Ezra White 

at 525. Seven children. (Kellogg's White family 110.) 

3. Eunice 7 Lvon (June 8, 1804 — September 3, 1865), married Samuel Hilliard. Lived in Ludlow. 

4. Ruth Stebbins 7 Lyon, boru June 10, 1806, died in Excelsior, Minn., September 3, 1858 ; married March 31, 1828, 

Ralph White, born August 20, 1805, brother of Ezra White, (525). For Ruth's seven children see Kellogg's 
While family, 183. 

5. Esther Cleaveland 7 Lyon (September 26, 1808— February 23, 1876), married Abial Barrett. Lived in Ludlow. 

6. Ephraim Wight 7 Lyon (January 2, 1811 — May 20, 1863), married Almira Harris. Lived in Chicopee, Mass. 

7. Gad 7 Lyou, born April 2, 1813, died in Vermont, November 29, 1849, married Delphina Henderson. Lived in 

Ludlow. 

8. Mary Wight 7 Lyon, born July 18, 1815, died in Ludlow unmarried, February 14, 1882. 

9. Dexter 7 Lyon, born May 10, 1817, died in Wilbraham unmarried July 12, 1863. 

10. Sarah 7 Lyon, born April 24, 1819, married April 2, 1847, Wesley Cornelius Swart. She is living (1889) in Lud- 
low, and has materially assisted me in unraveling the line of Ephraim 5 Wight. 
ll.Josiah 7 Lyon, August 3, 1821— May 11, 1822. 
12.Caroline Cynthia 7 Lyon (April 23, 1823— January 5, 1859), married Ambrose Towers. 

522. Bathsheba Wight {Ephraim 5 , EpJtraim 4 , Daniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born June 
27, 1785, married in Stafford, Conn., March 10, 1808, John Parsons of Ludlow, born there 
November 10, 1785. The marriage was not happy. Mr. Parsons died in Ludlow, February 
18, 1818. In November, 1821, she married Joseph Bartholick, who died some three years 
later apart irom his family. Bathsheba was an intelligent and thrifty woman •whose inn was 
the resort of the young people of Ludlow, for kitchen dances and refreshments, but her life 
had much in it to make her unhappy. She died of paralysis in Springfield, at the residence 
of her son Edwin, May 19, 1853. Her children were all born in Ludlow. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Edwin Dwight 7 Parsons, born January 13, 1809, married January 31, 1831, Mary J. Abbey of South Windsor, 
Conn., born there January 11, 1815. He died there October 16, 1869, she lives in Trenton, Michigan. Seven 
children, including : 

1. Caroline M. 8 Parsons, born in Ludlow, February 15, 1832, married in Springfield, Mass., April 9, 1851, 
John Stewart, boru Pittsfield, Mass., September 19, 1828, an officer in 21 Mass. Regt. in the war of 
1861. She obtained a divorce from him in 1872, and his whereabouts are unknown. Her residence 
Boston. 

1. Ellen Virginia Stewart, born Lynchburg, Va., March 30, 1853, married in Ludlow, Mass., Jan- 

uary 9, 1870, Herbert H. Main. They reside in Boston. 

1. Elijah J. io Main, born in Hartford, Conn., July 28, 1871. 

2. Edwin Lester 10 Main, born in Hartford, August 3, 1873. 

3. Carrie R. 10 Main, born in Boston, January 28, 1878. 

2. Fannie Madora Stewart, born in Chicopee, Mass., April 12, 1855. 

3. Viola Arabella Stewart, born in Chicopee, June 28, 1857, died November 30, 1863. 

4. Bathsheba Wight Parnell 8 Parsons, born in Ludlow, June 27, 1839, name changed at baptism to Nellie 

Wight, married in New York city, November IS, 1867, Wilbur H. Lester. He died in New Orleans, 
La., May 1, 1872. She married September 20, 1876, Edwin Dernauld of Pawtucket, R. I. They now 
reside in Boston. 

1. Irma Viola Lester, born Hartford, Conn., July 10, 1868, died in Clyde, N. Y., August 8, 1869. 

2. Carrie May Wilbertina Lester, born in New York, January 19, 1871. 

5. Lydia Abbey A. N Parsons, born in Springfield, April 11, 1847. 
7. Antoinette M. 8 Parsons, born in Chicopee, December 11, 1856. 



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2. Fanny Prescott 7 Parsons, born October 23, 1810, married June 17, 1828, Charles Knight of Ludlow, born Sep- 

tember 2, 1802, died in Vermont, December 16. 1864. His widow lives in Brockton, Mass. 

1. George Charles* Knight, born March 29, 1830, married about 1857, Mary Eliza O'Hearn of Baltimore. 

She is dead, he living in Maryland. They had a son George 9 Knight who died when two years old, 
and a daughter Fannie Knight who married about 1880, J. S. Braman, and lives with several chil- 
dren in Massachusetts. 

2. Melissa Ann s Knight, born March 20, 1841, married August 28, 1858, William S. Clark, who was born 

Mav 12, 1838. 

1. Ada M.o Clark, July 26, 1860— July 26, 1878. 

2. Eva M.° Clark, born September 26, 1865, married December 10, 1885, Irving Cook, born in 1860. 

They live in Saccarappa, Me. Child, Clifford 1 " Cook, born November 22, 1886. 

3. Nellie G.° Clark, born August 12, 1873. 

4. Fred. P.» Clark, born October 1, 1878. 

3. Ella F. 8 Knight, born December 18, 1849, lives in Brockton, Mass. 

4. Fanny S.s Knight, born November 4, 1851, married November 21, 1874, Joseph A. Parker, born April 9, 

1847, son of John and Amanda (Fuller) Parker. They live at North Wilbraham, Mass. 
1. Edward Albert Parker, born May 21, 1877. 

3. Mary Ann 7 Parsons, born October 23, 1812, married December 5, 1833, Edward Dexter (Stiles' Windsor, 579), born 

in Windsor, Conn., February 18, 1807, died November 23, 1872, in East Windsor, where she had died October 
5, 1858, and where their children were born. 

1. Charlotte Maria* Dexter, born July 25, 1836, married November 17, 1857, Frederick Ellsworth Bissell 

(Sales' Windsor, 551), of E. Windsor, born there October 15, 1833, a descendant of John Bissell who 
emigrated to Windsor in 1640. iBissell's Bissell family, 13.) 

1. William F.° Bissell, born in E. Windsor, June 17, 1859. 

2. Ellen Elizabeth Bissell, born in E. Windsor, April 4, 1862, married Frank Winn of Hartford, 

and reside in Burnside, Conn. They have Edgar Francis 10 Winn, born June 13, 1885. 

2. George Parsons 8 Dexter, December 21, 1839— October 15, 1858. 

3. Mary Ellen* Dexter, born December 1, 1849, married November 27, 1872, Charles Spencer Clapp (Clapp's 

Clapp family, 166), of East Windsor, born there March 30, 1846, son of John Selden and Julia (Talcott) 
Clapp. Julia Talcott was a descendant of Worshipful John Talcott, who arrived in Boston in the 
Lion, September 16, 1632, and built the first house in Hartford in 1635. His name is on the monu- 
ment to the early settlers of Hartford erected about 1840. See Goodwin's Olcolt family, XII. Charles 
Spencer Clapp's children were born in East Windsor. 

1. Leslie Talcott Clapp, born November 27, 1874. 

2. Inez Julia Lucretia 9 Clapp, born November 11, 1877. 

3. Frank Dexter Clapp, born December 29, 1881. 

4. Ruth Charlotte 9 Clapp, born June 3, 1885. 

4. Angeline 7 Parsons, born March 24, 1816, married September 16, 1832, Orrin Andrus of Ludlow, born December 

7, 1807, died in New Prospect, Wis., May 19, 1885. She had died in Springfield, Mass., February 28, 1849. Six 
children, including : 

2. Olive Jane* Andrus, born in Wilbraham, May 15, 1838, married December 31, 1861, Curtis P. Graves, 

born in Genesee, N. Y., August 19, 1831, died in Brunswick, Mo., January 13, 1878. She resides in 

New Prospect. 

1. George Frank 9 Graves, born in Independence, N. Y., December 21, 1862. 

2. Harriet Lillian 9 Graves, born in New Prospect, Wis , August 22, 1864. 

3. Fred Curtis Graves, born in Bucklin, Mo , June 10, 1867. 

4. Maggie C.° Graves, born in Brunswick, August 80, 1876. 

4. John Parsons* Andrus, born in Wilbraham, July 11, 1844, married July 12, 1863, Lucy Jane North of 

Wisconsin, born December 23, 1845. They reside in Green Brier, Robertson Co., Tenn. 
. 1. Carrie Angeline 9 Andrus, born December 6, 1864. 

2. Orrin Clark 9 Andrus, born February 15, 1868. 

3. Laura Frances 9 Andrus, born January 29, 1870. 

4. Lydia Maria 9 Andrus, born February 20, 1874. 

5. Alice May Andrus, born January 10. 1876. 

6. Annie Andrus, born February 13, 1879. 

7. Birdie S. 9 Andrus, born September 12, 1884. 

5. Thomas Dexter 7 Bartholick, born August 22, 1822, married September 25, 1855, Martha M. Miller of Port Jervis, 

N. Y., born in Orange Co., N. Y., July 9, 1837, now residing in Neosho, Mo. He built and for many years 
had charge of the telegraph lines on the Erie Railroad ; became ill and went to Florida and Arkansas. He 
died at Hot Springs, Ark., April 21, 1874. 

1. Thomas Dexter 8 Bartholick, born in Addison, N. Y., November 11, 1856, unmarried. 

2. Emma Glenn* Bartholick, born in Addison, July 30, 1858, married F. W. Gitchell of Joliet, 111., Sep- 

tember 16, 1882. 

3. Charles Minot 8 Bartholick, horn in Addison, December 19, 1860, died in Mokena, 111., September 14, 

1882. 

4. Frank Wight* Bartholick, born in Gainesville, N. Y., May 5, 1863, died there August 3. 1883. 

5. Jessie May* Bartholick, horn in Gainesville, October 4, 1864, married March 22, 1884, W. E. Hunter. 

They live in Neosho, Mo., where was born W. E. 9 Hunter, March 23, 1887. 

6. Philinda 7 Bartholick, born July 18, 1S24, married January 23, 1848, Lewis Westly Hewett, born in Albany, 

N. Y., January 23, 1830. They reside in Highbridge, N. Y. 

1. Angeline Parsons 8 Hewett, born in Springfield, Mass., January 15, 1849, married Frank P. Tuttle of 

South Glastonbury, Conn. 

2. Alice Marcina* Hewett, born in Springfield December 13,1850, married William H. Lyons of Junction, N. J. 

3. Hester Hilfeter* Hewett, born in Boston July 4, 1853, married January 19, 1858, Albert Lomerson of 

Glen Gardner, N. J. 

4. Eldora Sophia Ann* Hewett, born in Port Jervis, N. Y., August 15, 1855, married July 8, 1880, Peter S. 

Messier of Somerville, N. J. 

5. Lewis Sterns* Hewett born in Port Jervis, N. Y. April 15,1857, married Gertrude Messier of Somerville, N.J. 

6. Frank Rosencrans* Hewett, born in Port Jervis February 15, 1859, unmarried. 

7. Libbie Rosecrans* Hewett, born in Port Jervis, March 17, 1861, married January 27, 1880, Frederick 

Horton of South Glastonbury, Conn. She died in Glastonbury, January 28, 1881. 

523. Charlotte 6 Wight (JEphraim 5 , Ephraim i , Daniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Tho mas 1 ), born Sep- 
tember 17, 1787, married Ezra Hoag, born July 5, 1787, and moved to Cannonsville, N. Y. 
where they passed their lives, where their children were born and where they both died. 
Ezra was of Quaker ancestry, and was by occupation a farmer and shoemaker. At the time 
of his conversion in 1813, there was no church organization in Cannonsville, but in 1816 a Meth- 
odist society was organized, of which for forty years he was class leader. Although not 



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strong and often sick, he lived to a good old age, never having bad a death in his family, and 
having seen all his children members of the church of his choice. He died March 18, 1874, 
his M'idow died July 2, 1876. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Salome" Hong, born May 14, 1S12, died in Hancock, N. Y., February 12, 1885; married October 14, 1810, Samuel 

Curtis Pettingill, M. D , who from the time of his marriage has practiced medicine in Hancock. There his 
children were born and died. Dr. 1'ettingill was born in Butternuts, X. Y., May 18, 1811. 

1. Lucius Lane s Pettingill, born July 26, 1842, is dead. He married January i, 1868, Fannie Frazier. 

1. Alonzo Jay" Pettingill, born November 24, 1868. 

2. Jennie Lind" Pettingill, born August 19, 1870. 

3. Alice Ednie" Pettingill, born January 4, 1S7S. 

4. Samuel Curtis" Pettiugill, born December 81, 1874. 
5s. Samuel Curtis* Pettingill, July 30, 1844— February 11, 1874. 

3. Warner Preston* Pettingill, November 19, 1S46— March 22, 1853. 

4. Edmund L.* Pettingill, born May 18, 1850, Yale 1871, attended medical lectures at Cleveland, O., and 

completed his studies at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. He practiced very success- 
fully as a physician and surgeou, and won many friends, but he died August 23, 1881. 

2. Ezra Guernsey 7 Hoag, born April 27, 1813, married November 24, 1842, Caroline Huyck, who was born at Trout 

Creek, N. Y., May 6, 1815. He was a harness- and shoe-maker and died in Cannonsville September 7, 1S78. 
When a young man he was accidently shot in the leg so that amputation above the knee was necessary, 
which, however, was so unskillfully done that further amputation was required. 

1. George Andrew* Hoag, born May 10, 18t4, served in the 144th New York regiment during the rebellion; 

he married November 27, 1866, Mary Bishop, and had two sons and a daughter. Residence Afton, N. Y. 

2. Esther* Hoag, born August 26, 1845, married June 26, 1867, Fred Empet. They have two sons. Resi- 

dence North Jackson, Susquehanna Co., Penn. 

3. Salome* Hoag, born April 26, 1847, married August 3, 1S73, Curtis Seovill. Lives at Livingstouville, 

Schoharie County, N. Y. 

4. Ellen May* Hoag, born January 16, 1849, married January 12, 1868, John W. Lornburger, a returned 

soldier." He is a mechanic at Afton, N. Y. Children: Westley 9 , May" and Frank" Lornburger. 

5. Susan Amanda* Hoag, born October 24, 1850, married February 28, 1870, Leonard Hardick. Residence 

Stevensville, Sullivan County, N. Y. 

6. Grace* Hoag, born November 15, 1855, married November 15, 1876, John Martin, a farmer at North 

Jackson, Pa. They have two sons. 

7. Marion* Hoag, born June 13, 1858, married November 10, 1880, Charles McLean, harness-maker at Can- 

nonsville. Two children. 

3. Esaias 7 Hoag, born November 3, 1814, a teacher and afterwards a successful farmer; married February 16, 1858, 

at Mentor, O., Mrs. Ellen Hodges. He died at Unionville, Ohio, May 13, 1879, leaving a widow and two 
daughters. 

4. Ephraim Wight 7 Hoag, born July 30, 1816, married July 20, 1854, Hannah Fuller of Carpenter's Eddy, Dela- 

ware County, N. Y. She died July 26, 1882, and on December 18, 1S83, he married Margaretta Rose. He has 
been a farmer and is now- a grocer at Carpenter's Eddy. He has been Postmaster there. 

1. Warner Pettingill* Hoag, June 11, 1855— August 26, 1867. 

2. Abbie Jane* Hoag, born April 2, 1857, married July 13, 1S73, Fields Brundage of Carpenter's Eddy. 

Four children. 

3. Libbie Charlotte* Hoag, born January 9, I860, married December 4, 1878, Isaac Davis. Three daughters. 

5. Horace 7 Hoag, born June 20, 1818, married' in the fall of 1842 at Delhi, Delaware County, N. Y., Catharine 

Fields, born December 26, 1818. Horace was for some time a merchant in Troy, Bradford County, Pa.; in 
1849 he went to California and was a merchant in San Krancisco. He experienced many of the ups and 
downs of early pioneer life on the coast. He died at Alameda, Cal., July 27, 1877. 

1. Mary Elizabeth* Hoag, born in Troy, Pa., December 4, 1844. 

2. William Ready* Hoag, born in Troy, August 12, 1847, West Point 1871, was in Japan and on other com- 

missions. He died of typhoid fever at Fort Walla Walla, Washington, Ty., January 16, 1S75, having 
served 22 months with Co. E, 21st infantry U. S. A. His soldierly qualities, ability and integrity 
were marked. 

3. Flora* Hoag, born at San Francisco, August 29, 1855. 

6. Clarissa 7 Hoag, born July 5, 1S20, married October 11, 1847, Chauncey Stoddard, a wheelwright. 

1. Mary Amanda* Stoddard (March 25, 1850— January 13, 1877), married July 3, 1872, George W. Wood, a 

carpenter. 

2. Emma Jane* Stoddard, born April 21, 1852, married July 8, 1872, Albert Van Leuvan, then a merchant, 

now a fruit grower at Milford, Del. 

1. Harriet M." Van Leuvan, born August 10, 1877. 

2. William Stoton" Van Leuvan, born April 13, 1881. 

3. Edward Stoddard" Van Leuvan, born February 13, 1S83. 

4. Clara" Van Leuvan, October 15, 1886 — January 1, 1887. 

3. Charles Chauncey* Stoddard, January 23, 1854— September 6, 1854. 

4. Harriet Ann* Stoddard. June 17, 1855— November 25, 1886. 

5. Ellen Hodges* Stoddard, born April 10, 1857, married in 1884, Sherman E. Bishop, a graduate in civil 

engineering at Union College, and now a teacher at Sloatsburg, N. Y. 
1. Marv S. 9 Bishop, born October 18, 18S5. 

7. Elizabeth 7 Hoag, bbrn February 20, 1824, is a milliner by trade ; she moved with her parents in May, 1838, into 

the house in Cannonsville, where she still resides and where she cared for her parents in their declining 
years. She has given me much information about the descendants of her grandfather Wight. 

8. Charles' Oscar 7 Hoag, born June 4, 1828, a shoemaker by trade was in the war. He lives with his wife and 

two children at Mehoopany, Wyoming Co., Pa. 

524. Ephraim Wight (Ephraim 5 , Epliraim" 1 , Daniel 3 , Ephraim 2 , Thomas 1 ), born about 
1790, went with his father to the west. For all the information I possess concerning him see 
23G.' It should have been stated under that number that Patience Cleveland was born Jan- 
uary 12, 1754-5, daughter of Hopestill and Patience (Benjamin) Cleveland of Canterbury, 
Conn. Hopestill died in Wilbraham, January 6, 1809. His will mentions his daughter 
Patience, which fact, if his will was made shortly before his death, corrects the statement at 
23(> that she died "about 1802." See Cleveland's Moses Cleveland, 44; Cleveland's Benjamin 
Cleveland, 90, 91. 

525. Mart 6 Wight (Ephraim 5 , Ephraim 41 , Daniel*, Ephraim. 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 
4, 1792, married January 15, 1818, Ezra White (1290, Note), born August 4, 1794. He was a 



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shoemaker and shoedealer at Wilbraham, Mass., where he died June 8, 1860. Mary (called 
Polly in her childhood) died at the residence of her son Lorenzo in Montpelier, Vt., May 11, 
1875. Correct Coleman's Lyman Genealogy, 416, and see Kellogg's While family, 182. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Charlotte''' White, born August 11, 1819, married June 10, 1840, Rev. Alanson Latham (Methodist). She died at 

Minneapolis, Minn.. June 14, 1868. 

1. Charlotte W. s Latham, born November 13, 1842. 

2. Alanson W.» Latham, born July 15, 1845. 

3. Caroline Augusta* Latham, born July 30, 1847. 
4 Francis E.* Latham, born September 7, 1849. 

5. Julia Elizabeth* Latham, May 26, 1853— May 17, 1854. 

6. Benjamin Franklin 8 Latham, born May 17, 1855. 

7. Augustus Blair* Latham born September 9, 1857. 

2. Lorenzo 7 White, born May 9, 1821, married July 5, 1849, Elizabeth (November 13, 1817 — November 12, 1875), 

daughter of Abel and Sarah H. (Cheney) Babcock of Chester, Mass. He married second June 18, 1876, Sarah 
Fidelia, born in Northfield, Vt., October 31, 1846, daughter of Eli and Betsey Latham. Lorenzo was 
educated at Wilbraham, Mass., and at the Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., entered the Methodist 
ministry in 1851, was a pastor twenty years, a teacher in the Wesleyan Academy at Wilbraham, 1864-1868 
(Stebbins' Wilbraham, 2<>1), Principal of New Salem Academy, New Salem, Mass., 1869-1874, Principal of Ver- 
mont Methodist Seminary, Montpelier, 1874-1876. He is author of a prize essay on "Systematic Beneficence," 
and is a contributor to the Methodist Review. He delivered an address at the Ludlow, Mass., Centennial in 
1874. (Noon's Ludlow, 112.) He is now retired from regular professional service and resides in Wilbraham, 
Mass. He is the male representative of the oldest line of descendants of Elder John White of Hartford, 
Conn., and Hadley, Mass., and is the representative of the youngest line of descendants of Thomas 1 Wight. 

1. Narcissa Amanda* White, born September 25, 1850. 

2. Lucy Elizabeth* White, April 22, 1852— December 30, 1852. 

3. Charlotte E.* White, born April 10, 1854. 

4. Bertha Adella* White, born in Worthington, Mass., August 9, 1877. 

5. Carl* White, born in Worthington, November 4, 1879. 

3. Ephraim 7 White, February 22, 1823— May 30, 1823. 

4. Francis 7 White, July 22, 1826— Juno 8, 1846. 

5. Wilbur Fisk 7 White, June 17, 1831— September 26, 1846. 



18 



CHAPTER VII. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

526. Joea 7 Wight {Henry , Joseph 5 , Joseph 4 ", Joseph*, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 
14, 1775, married her first cousin Eleazar 7 Wight (534), March' 30, 1796. 

527. Andrew 7 Wight (Henry 6 , Joseph 5 , Joseph*, Joseph 5 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 14, 
1778, married November 29, 1804, Margaret Cobbett of Dedham, born in 1783. Her intentions 
of marriage, filed November 10, 1804, call the bride Peggy Cobbet (Hill's Dedham Records, I, 
210, 171). They were both admitted to full communion in the First Church of Dedham, 
August 4, 1S06, Mrs. Wight being baptized at the same time. (Hill's Dedham Records, II, 105, 
119.) Andrew died July 22, 1839, and his widow died August 24, 1855. 

CHILDREN. 

1266.— I. Hannah, born October 29, "1805, died December 10, 1805. 

1267 — 2. Joseph, born Julv 25, 1807, baptized August 2, 1807, nothing told. 

1268.— 3. Abigail, born October 13, 1810, baptized October 21. 1810, died February 17, 1811. 

1269 — 4. Joea, born August 26, 1813, baptized November 18, 1813. 

1270 — 5. Mary, born April 26, 1817, baptized August 10, 1817, nothing told. 

52S. Jason 7 Wight (Henry , Joseph 5 , Joseph*, Joseph 8 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 
18, 1781, was a farmer in Dedham. He married November 8, 1807, his first cousin Sarah 7 Wight 
(538) of Norwich. They were both admitted to full communion in Dedham First Church, 
August 6, 1809. Sarah died July 14, 1819. Jason married April 18, 1820, Betsey Fisher of 
Sharon, who united with the same church by letter from Dorchester, July 22, 1821. She died 
aged 57, December 25, 1831. On April 3, 1832, he married Hannah Fisher of Dedham. Jason 
died in Dedham, April 12, 1842, by church records; April 15, 1842, by town records. Chil- 
dren born in Dedham. 

children. 

1271.— 1. Eleazar, born January 30, 1809, baptized September 17, 1809. 
1 272.-2. Jason, born November 12, 1810, died June 4, 1819. 

Note. Jason Wight was one of the members of the old First Church in Dedham, who, upon the ordination 
of Rev. Alvan Lamson, D. D., October 29, 1818, remonstrated against the ordination, withdrew from the parish, 
re-organized and called Rev. Ebenezer Burgess as pastor. (Hill's Dedham records, II, 225.) For an account of 
this important ecclesiastical controversy see Dedham pulpit, 508 ; Worthington's Dedham, 110; Baker vs. Fales, 10 
Mass., 147, 488.— The old church in Dedham was the fourteenth established in New England, having been gath- 
ered November 8, 1638. (Winthrop's New England, I, 95; Dedham pulpit, 263 ; Worthington's Dedham, 104.) 

529. Joel 7 Wight (Henry , Joseph 5 , Joseph*, Joseph*, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 15, 
1784, married November 14, 1805, Lois Holmes of Sharon, born there September 26, 1780. 
She united with the First Church of Dedham, November 2, 1806, but she is then written 
"Olive, wife of Joel Wight " (Hill's Dedliarn Records, II, 119). Joel died in Dedham, May 2, 
1811, and his widow, Mrs. Lois Wight, married May 24, 1817, Ambrose (sometimes recorded 
Ambrous) Farrington of Dedham. He was born February 5, 1770. Lois died in Dedham, 
April 1, 1865. 

children. 

1273.— 1. Joel, born in Dedham, August 9. 1806, baptized November 2, 1806. 

1274. — 2. Ann Desire, born in Dedham, August 3, 1809, baptized September 17, 1S09. 

532. Joseph 7 Wight (Joseph , Joseph 5 , Joseph*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 2, 
1767, married Lydia Harris, born in August, 1770, daughter of John and Susannah (Gay) 
Harris of Dedham. (Register, XXXIII, 47.) Joseph and Lydia were married, according "to 
Norwich, Mass., town records, by Rev. Stephen Tracy of Norwich, December 31, 1792; and 
according to Dedham church and town records' by Rev. Jason Haven of Dedham, February 
28, 1793. Joseph, whose residence was in Norwich, died February 10, 1805; his widow died 
May 10, 1825. 

children. 

1275.— 1. Harris, born May 9, 1794. 

1276.— 2. Electa, born June 14, 1796. 

1277 — 3. Susan, born September 14, 1798. 

1278 — 4. Hervey, born January 31, 1801. 

1279 — 5. Joseph, born June 11, 1805. 

534. Eleazar 7 Wight (Joseph , Josepli 5 , Joseph*, Joseph*, Henry 2 , Tliomas 1 ), born July 16, 
1771, married March 30, 1796, Joea 7 Wight (520) of Dedham. The family lived in Norwich, 
Mass., where the children were born, where Eleazar died April 1, 1805, where Joea passed 
her protracted widowhood and where she died April 17, 1845. 



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CHILDREN. 

1380 1. Mary, born July 10, 1796. 

1281 — 2. Meltiah, born May 21, 1798. 

1382 3. Cordelia, born May 27, 1800. 

1283.— 4. Harriet, born June 19, 1802 

1384. — 5. Eliza, born November 25, 1804, nothing told. 

538. Sarah 7 Wight {Joseph , Joseph*, Joseph 4 *, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 20, 
1784, married November 8, 1807, Jason 7 Wight (528). 

540. Jabez 7 Wight {Samuel , Joseph", Joseph 4 *, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Tliomas 1 ), bom January 14, 
1771, married Mary Bancroft of Dana, Mass. Like most of that name she was a remarkable 
woman for those days. Jabez lived in and near Norwich until about 1811, when depressed 
by the loss of property he moved from Norwich, Mass., to Floyd, Oneida County, N. Y. In 
Brookfield, Madison County, N. Y., in the spring of 1812 be married Loretta, born January 
4, 1789, daughter of Amos and Persis (Locke) Wheeler. This was a long-lived family, Amos' 
father having lived to be 88, his mother 96 and his wife Persis 107. Immediately upon mar- 
riage Jabez moved to Silver Lake, Susquehanna County, Pa., where Loretta's children, 
except Barbara, were born. In 1828 the family moved to Villanova, Chautauqua County, N. 
Y. Although Jabez had had two strokes of paralysis before this last removal, yet he took 
up a piece of uncultivated land at Villanova and cleared some 20 acres with his own hand. 
He died May 16, 1831. Loretta died about 1858. 

CHILDREN. 

1385.— 1. Spencer, born June, 1797. 

1386 2. Ahira, born March, 1799. 

1387 3. Arthur, born March, 1801. 

1288 — 4. Hosea, born September, 1803, died unmarried at Lyons, N. Y. about 1855. 
1289.— 5. Achsah, born June 24, 1805. 

1290 6. Laura, born June 23, 1807. 

1291.— 7. James Madison, born in Norwich, June 1, 1809. 
1393 — h. J. Ambrose, born in Floyd, September 12, 1811. 
1293 — 9. Catherine, born August 17, 1813. 
1394 — 10. 'Amos, born February 13, 1816. 

1395 11. Folly, bom June 18, 1818. 

1296 12. Samuel, born August 12, 1820. 

1297 — 13. Cynthia, born February 6, 1823. 

1298 — 14. Elizabeth Ann, born September 21, 1825. 

1298.a.lo. Barbara, born in Villanova, October 9, 1828, died July 29, 1831. 

542. Nancy 7 Wight {Samuel 6 , Joseph 5 , Joseph*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Tliomas 1 ), born May 28, 
1775, may possibly be the Nancy who married in Sturbridge, November 30, 1800, Aldrich 
Worley. Both parties are stated in Sturbridge printed records, 76, to be of Sturbridge which 
militates against this suggestion. The ceremony was performed by David 6 Wight (388). 

543. Lucy 7 Wight {Samuel 13 , Joseph 5 , Joseph 4 * Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 

1779, married September 21, 1797, David Weatherbee, both parties being of Dedham accord- 
ing to the records. Lucy united with the South Church of Dedham, August 18, 1799, and 
died in Dedham, August 9, 1840. She had at least Joel 8 Weatherbee, baptized September 8, 
1799, who, May 31, 1820, married Elizabeth Graham of Dedham; and Susanna Aldridge 8 
Weatherbee, baptized September 6, 1807, who, January 1, 1830, married Willard Sumner of 
Dedham. 

545. Catherine 7 Wight {Samuel 6 , Joseph 5 , Joseph 4 *, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
, married when forty years old John W. Nickles. The family iived in Wellington, 
Ohio, where Catherine died childless, February 21, 1866, "aged 84 years" as the tombstone 
in Wellington states. Her husband, who at her marriage to him was a widower with chil- 
dren, died November 19, 1870, aged 88 years. 

547. William 7 Wight {Tliomas 6 , Joseph 5 , Joseph' 1 , Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 
6, 1772, married in Dedham, June 28, 1792, Sally Morse of that place. She died April 16, 
1795. William's intentions of marriage with Polly Griswold of Norwich, were filed there Feb- 
ruary 19, 1797, ceremony performed March 13, 1797. The family removed to Montreal, 
Canada, January 16, 1798. William was impressed into the British service in the war of 
1812. Immediately after that war he moved to Delaware County, Ohio, and later to Wil- 
loughby, Ohio, and to Perry, Lake County, Ohio. In 1855 he removed to Cambridge, Henry 
County, 111., and died there with his son John, November 16, 1862. His widow died in 
Kewanee, 111., April 24, 1864. He Was a cooper by trade but followed blacksmitbing and 
farming. He was an upright Christian man. 

CHILDREN. 

1298. 6.1. Rona, born October 24, 1792, lived in Canada. 

1298. c.2. Caty, born December 9, 1794, lived in Canada. 

1398. d. 3. Sophia, born January 22, 1798, died November 3, 1798. 

1299.— 4. Sophia, born December 3, 1799. 

1300.— 5. Harriet, born January 25, 1802. 

1301.— 6. Leonard, born December 27, 1804, is dead, nothing vet known of bis family. 

1302.— 7. Willard, born in Canada, September 20, 1806. 

1303 8. John, born in Canada, July 14, 1808. 

1304.— 9. Kachael, born June 14, 1811. 

13O4.a.l0. THOMAS, born February 26, 1S13, died November 10, 1813. 



140 The Wights. 



548. Mary 7 Wight (Tlwmas , Joseph 5 , Joseph*, Joseph 3 , Henry-, Thomas 1 ), born November 
27, 1773. moved to Norwich with her parents and married there January 13, 1796, Samuel 
Knight of Norwich. 

549. Burra 7 Wight (Thomas 6 , Joseph 5 , Joseph' 1 , Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Tltomas 1 ), born Septem- 
ber 18, 1776, never married. She lived in Norwich and passed the declining years of her 
life with ber brother Willard's widow at the paternal homestead on Norwich Hill. She died 
aged 93, October 4, 1869. 

550. Reuben 7 Wight (Thomas®, Joseph 5 , Joseph*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Novem- 
ber 26, 1778, was a farmer in Norwich. He married there October 23, 1800, Damaris Pome- 
roy of Norwich. Reuben died in Norwich, March 20, 1819. In 1843 his widow moved with 
the family of her son Hutchins to Waterloo, N. Y., where she died aged 91 years in Decem- 
ber, 1870. The children were born in Norwich. 

CHILDREN. 

1305.— 1. Emmons, born December 12, 1801. 

1306 — 2. Fanny, born April 16, 1801. 

1307 — 3. Laura, born December 29, 1S06. 

1307. a. 4. Nancy, born , nothing but her death known. 

1307. b.5. Abby, born , nothing but her death known. 

1307. e.6. Martha, born . nothing but her death known. 

1308.— 7. Hutchins, born October, 1S15. 

1309 — 8. Semantha, born 

551. Willard 7 Wight (Thomas 6 , Joseph 5 , Joseph*, Joseph' 6 , Henry 2 , TJwmas 1 ), born Feb- 
ruary 3, 1781, married January 22, 1806, Polly, daughter of Ephraim and Sarah Avery of 
Montgomery, Mass. Willard was a farmer at Norwicb. From September to November, 
1814, he was in the United States service, doing garrison duty at Boston. He died in Nor- 
wich November 30, 1861. His widow occupied the old homestead at Norwich Hill and died 
there, aged 90, January 26, 1877. The children were born in Norwich. 

CHILDREN. 

1310.— 1. Horace Avery, born January 14, 1803. 

1311.— 2. Emmeline, born February 17, 1810. 

1312 3. Susanna, born January 27, 1813. 

1313 4. Marilla, born September 26, 1815. 

1313. o.5. Warner Whiting, born September 15, 1817, died April 20, 1841. 

1314.— 6. Cordelia Mina, born June 17, 1824. 

1315. — 7. Edward Franklin, born November 30, 1826. 

1316.— 8. Mary Jane, born November 27, 1828. 

552. Susan 7 Wight (TJiomas 6 , Joseph 5 , Joseph* , Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 7, 
1783, married Samuel Williams and lived and died at Norwich. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. SusaD Lima* Williams, born in Norwich, August 21, 1826, married there March 4, 1S48, William Russel Elder, 

M. D., now of Terre Haute, Ind. She died in Huntington, O., July 8, 1858. " She was a woman of unexcep- 
tionable character, strictly conscientious and upright in all her acts, gentle and winsome in manner, mild 
and affectionate in disposition, devoted to her children, and possessed of living piety and undoubted faith 
in her God." Dr. Elder, her husband, was born in Chester, Mass., June 21, 1S24, and graduated at Berkshire 
Medical College, November 10, 1847. 

1. Lucius Williams Elder, born July 18, 1S51, married October 21, 1880, Margaret Butter of Philadelphia, 

where he lives at 1606 Bouvier St. 

2. Watson Nash" Elder, April 6, 1853— December 30, 1864. 

2. Edward* Williams. Is dead, but has a son Heartley' J Williams, "a leading citizen of Amherst Mass." 

3. Lucius* Williams, ) tw j ns Lucius is dead and Lucas lives in Amherst. 

4. Lucas* Williams, J 

5. Dwight* Williams. Is dead, but his widow, now Mrs. Mary Ann Johnson, and his two children now live at 

Charlton Centre, Mass. 

553. Luther 7 Wight (Thomas 6 , Joseph 5 , Joseph*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Novem- 
ber 27, 1785, removed from Dedham to Norwich with his father in 1792. In 1818, in company 
with others, he journeyed to the " far west" and settled in Rockdale, Pa. There he became 
acquainted with the family of John Pickett. This John was born in 1754, married Mary 
Buell and lived in Becket, Mass. He served 3 years in the revolutionary army and was 21 
years in the Massachusetts legislature. For those days he was a man of wealth but having 
been obliged to pay the bond of another person in a large amount he became greatly reduced 
in circumstances and exchanged his remaining property for land in Andover, Ohio. Start- 
ing in December, 1817, on his western journey he reached Rockdale after 40 days travel and 
remained there for a year while his Andover land was being made fit for occupation. Here 
at Rockdale Luther Wight met John Pickett's daughter Mary and here on April 27, 1819, he 
married her. In 1820 the Wights and Picketts moved to Andover, Ashtabula County, Ohio, 
where Luther and Mary passed the remainder of their lives and died. There their nine 
children were born, and Andover has become the old homestead, the pilgrimage place of 
their scattered descendants. Luther was one of the leading citizens of Andover. He was a 
farmer, a cabinet-maker, undertaker and general carpenter. John Pickett, whose wife had 
died before he left Massachusetts, lived in Luther's family until his death in 1840. Luther 
died April 30, 1860 ; Mary, who was born July 12, 1791, died October 26, 1871. 



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1336. 


— 1. 


1327. 


—2. 


1338. 


-3. 


1339. 


-4. 


1330. 


-5. 



CHILDREN. 

1317.— 1. Benjamin Pickett, born January 25, 1820. 

1318 2. John Norton, born March 30, 1821. 

1319. — 8. Luther Whiting, born January 6, 1823. 

1330 4. Mary Adelaide, born July 5, 1824. 

1321.— 5. William Samuel, born March 4, 1*26. 

1333.— 6. James Henry, born February 20, 1828. 

1333.— 7. Joseph Barlow, born September 17, 1830. 

1334 8. Lucy Caroline, born July 3, 1833. 

1335 9. Eliza Ruth, born April 12, 1836. 

Note. As I write this sketch of Luther Wight I have before me a copy of the Andover Citizen of August 26, 
1884, giving an account of a re-union of the descendants of Luther and Mary and their connections, held at 
Andover, August 21, 1884. The re-union grew out of a visit to Andover of the youngest son Joseph who had been 
in the farthei west for 30 years. Seventy persons, including seven of the above nine children, were present. The 
other two children although absent were alive and well. The resume of the exercises concludes with a poem 
composed for the occasion by Carrie, wife of William Samuel 8 Wight. 

554. John 7 Wight (Thomas 6 , Joseph 5 , Joseph*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born August 23, 
1787 " kept a hotel for many years at the Falls of St. Lawrence, Canada, and died there." 

556. Betsey 7 Wight (Tliomas , Joseph 5 , Joseph*, Joseph", Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born June 29. 
1793, married Freeman. Two of their sons owned or own the Norwich Hill home- 

stead of the Wights. 

558. Benoni 7 Wight (Nathaniel , Benoni 5 , Nathaniel 1 , Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
January 20, 1776, married September 25, 1803, Bridget, born in Cornish, Conn., September 
25, 1803 daughter of John Norris and Mary (Eli) Brockway. Benoni moved from Wrentham 
to Barnard, Vt., where his children were born. He was a farmer. He died February 28, 
1846, his widow died January 3, 1867. 

children. 

Lucy, born October 17, 1805. 
Willard, born October 17, 1806. 
Don Carlos, born August 12, 1812. 
Collins, born May 3, 1815. 
Charlotte, born June 20, 1816. 

561. Betsey 7 Wight (Nathaniel , Benoni 5 , Nathaniel 11 , Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
April, 1786, married Kobert Ray of Georgetown, Madison County, Vt. 

563. Joseph Luther 7 Wight (Joseph , Joseph 5 , Ebenezer*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 

, was said in June, 1883, to have represented Lowell in the last legislature. I 
have been unable to find him in Lowell or elsewhere, and no such person was in the legisla- 
ture of Massachusetts. . . 

564. Benjamin Franklin 7 Wight (Joseph , Joseph 5 , Ebenezer*, Joseph 9 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born , was said in June, 1883, to be a bachelor in Yankton, Dakota. A letter to 
that office was returned by the postmaster. 

566. Catharine Lee 7 Wight (Edward , Ebenezer 5 , Ebenezer*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born October 20, 1833, married in New York, June 24, 1858, Frank L., son of Francis and 
Lydia Warden of Boston. He died in Pau, France, April 18, 1870, and is buried there. 
His widow died childless in New York, May 4, 1885, and is buried in the old cemetery at 
Dedham. 

567. Caroline Frances 7 Wight (Edivard 6 , Ebenezer 5 , Ebenezer*, Josepli 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born October 2, 1835, died unmarried in New York, January 20, 1881, and is buried in the 
old cemetery at Dedham. 

568. Emily Stimson 7 Wight (Edward , Ebenezer 5 , Ebenezer 1 , Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Tliomas 1 ), 
born February 25, 1837, married in New York, November 10, 1869, Charles D., born January 
19, 1834, son of Surgeon Amos G. and Lucinda B. Gambrill of Cambridge, Md. Charles grad- 
uated at Harvard 1854, and with his partner, H. H. Richardson, was architect of Trinity 
Church, Boston. He died in New York, September 13, 1880, and is buried in the old ceme- 
tery at Dedham. His widow resides in New York. There were no children. 

569. Edward 7 Wight (Edward , Ebenezer 5 , Ebenezer*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
August 27, 1838, married in New York, November 14, 1863, Marie Louise, daughter of John 
and Marie Louise La Farge. Residence, New York. 

children. 

1331.— 1. Marie Louise, born January 15, 1865, lives in New York. 
1333 — 2. Caroline Frances, born June 5, 1867, lives in New York. 
1333 — 3. Edward, born June 7, 1868, died in New York April 16, 1878. 

570. Danforth Phipps 7 Wight (Edward , Ebenezer 5 , Ebenezer*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born June 3, 1840, was in the west when the war of 1861 broke out and joined the Union 
army in the first Arkansas cavalry. During most of his service in 1862-3 he was lieutenant 
and aide-de-camp on the staff of General Frank Heron. On January 20, 1864, he wasappointed 



142 The Wights. 



assistant paymaster in the United States Navy. During 1864-6, he was on the barque Pursuit 
in the East Gulf squadron, on the Huron in the S. A. squadron 1867-8, and on the S. S. Supply, 
European fleet, 1869-70. He was commissioned paymaster February 10, 1870, and had leave 
in Europe in 1871. On December 6, 1871, he married in Dansville, N. Y., Sophia Augusta 
Woodruff, born in Geneseo, N. Y., March 29, 1S45, daughter of Bushrod Washington and 
Sallyann Drake (Rose) Woodruff. In 1873-5 Paymaster Wight was connected with the 
Monongahela, S. A. station, was on special duty in New York in 1875-6; was on the R. S. 
Colorado in 1877 and was detailed on special service at the Paris exposition of 1878. (Hamer- 
sley's Navy Register, 770; Hamersley's Naval Encyclopaedia 993.) 

In April, 1884, after many wanderings upon sea and land Paymaster Wisht returned to 
Dedham and took up his residence in the old home where his uncle Danforth" (267) had 
resided and which had come into the family through the marringe of Rev. Ebenezer 5 Wight 
(125) with Catherine Fuller. This house stood but a few rods from the old soil which 
Thomas 1 Wight received as a grant in 1636. See page 6. The old Fuller house was torn 
down by Paymaster Wight in December, 1884, not with the spirit of an iconoclast but with a 
reverent regard for its tender associations. A new house in the colonist style which had 
been erected immediately in the rear of this Fuller house was occupied bj' his family in 1884. 
Photographs of the former dwelling and its interior adorn the new residence, some of the 
original wainscoting is preserved as wainscoting in the new hall, and much of the quaint old 
furniture is in use throughout. For a brief history of the Wight houses in Dedham see page 
5. — The children below were born in Dansville. 

CHILDREN. 

1334.— 1. Danforth Phipps, born November 21, 1873, lives in Dedham. 
1335.— 2. George Richards, born November 29, 1875, lives in Dedham. 
1336 3. Edward, born May 19, 1877, lives in Dedham. 

572. George Richards 7 Wight (Edward 6 , Ebenezer 5 , Ebenezer*, Joseph*, Henry-, Thomas 1 ), 
born November 21, 1843, married July 7, 1886, Harriott Alexes Bridge Barrington, born Jan- 
uary 14, 1856, daughter of J. C. and Helen J. P. Barrington of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. 
He is a merchant in New York. 

CHILD. 

1336.a. 1. Barrington, born December 4, 1887, lives in New York. 

573. Elizabeth Sturgis 7 Wight (Edward 6 , Ebenezer 5 , Ebenezer*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born October 2, 1850, married November 29, 1871, James Mifflin, born August 2, 1840, son of 
William and Ann P. (Large) Mifflin of Philadelphia. They reside in Philadelphia. No children. 

574. Edwin Lord 7 Wight (Hezekiah Lord 6 , Jabez 5 , Jabez*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born March 12, 1799, married in Richmond, Va., May 8, 1837, Margaret N.Copland of Richmond, 
and resided at Tuckahoe. The purchase of this Crown grant from Captain Randolph is men- 
tioned at 275. In 1852, believed to have been in March, Edwin died childless, leaving a 
lar»e fortune to his wife. She then married John D. Munford (son of William Munford the 
law reporter) of Williamsburg, Va. His daughter of a former marriage is the wife of Judge 
Coles, now of Chatham, Va I am informed that upon the death of Mrs. Wight-Munford her 
large estate, including Tuckahoe, went by her will to the Haxall family of Richmond, stran- 
ger's to the Wight blood. Tuckahoe is now owned by Aliens. For some record of the Mun- 
ford family see Ellis' Memorandum of the Ellis family, 30. 

576. William Leeds 7 Wight {Hezekiah Lord. 6 , Jabez' , Jabez 4 -, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born March 17, 1802, Yale 1822, married in New Haven, December 7, 1834, Grace Hughes, 
daughter of Samuel and Philomela (Miles) Hughes of New Haven. William was a physician 
and°planter residing at Ingleside, Goochland County, Va. He was an elder in the Presby- 
terian church. He died October 2, 1873; his widow died May 16, 1874. 

CHILDREN. 

1337.— 1. William Washington, born March 7, 1837. 
1338!— 2. Henry Theodore, born July S, 1843. 

577. John 7 Wight (Hezekiah Lord , Jabez 5 , Jabez*, Josepli 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born No- 
vember 15, 1803, Yale 1823, married in New Haven, Augusta Maria Huggins of that place. She 
died in Richmond.Va., in June, 1830, leaving a daughter Julia. John married in Richmond, 
November 24, 1831, Margaret Copland Brown, born June 30, 1809, daughter of John H. and 
Maria (Copland) Brown of Richmond. Maria Copland was the daughter of Charles Copland, 
a lawyer of considerable note in Richmond and more than once a member of the House of 
Delegates. John Wight and family resided in Richmond until 1852. In that year they 
removed to a plantation, Ball Field, in Charles City County, Va., an estate still in the family 
but now in ruins. John Wight died August 31, 1877, his widow died July 30, 1883— both in 
Charles City County, Va. 



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CHILDREN. 

1339.— 1. Julia Leeds, bora in New Haven July 28, 1828. 

1339.a. 2. Margaret Copland, born October 13, 1832 died June 3, 1833. 

1340. — 3. John Henry, born January 15, 1834. 

1340. a. 4. Mary Elizabeth Hamilton, born February 4, 1835, died unmarried in Staunton, Va., 

August, 1861. 
1341. — 5. Anne Louisa, born December 15, 1836. 

1342 — 6. Ellen Augusta, born June 24, 3838, died in Richmond, March 18, 1842. 
1343.— 7. Alice Lester, born February 10, 1840, died in Richmond, March 22, 1842. 
1344. — 8. Charles Copland, born September 24, 1841. 
1345 — 9. William Marshall, born June 29, 1843. 
1346 — 10. Emily Cornelia, born September 18, 1846. 
1347 — li. Jennie, born April 22, 1848, died in Charles City County, April 13, 1862. 

580. Ann Eliza 7 Wight (Hezekiah Lord , Jabez 5 , Jabez 4 , Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
March 16, 1811, was "a most agreeable lady of the old regime — quite ceremonious; a lovely, 
unassuming Christian." She lost considerable property in Richmond, Va., during the war. 
She died at the residence of her nephew William Washington 8 Wight (1337) at Ingleside, 
June 17, 1869. 

581. George 7 Wight (Benjamin 6 , Jabez 5 , Jabez 4 , Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 
27, 1798, married Susan, daughter of Peter Millspaugh of Montgomery, Orange County, N. Y. 
She died July 6, 1832. George married second May 4, 1835, Almeda, daughter of William 
Hewes of Essex County, Vermont. George passed many years of his married life in Geneva, 
N. Y., where both he and his widow are buried. He died April 20, 1868; his widow died, 
aged 81, in Chicago, October 5, 1887. In her life time "she was highly esteemed as exem- 
plifying in her character all the endearing traits which become the Christian wife, mother and 
neighbor." For over fifty years she was a member of the Presbyterian church. 

CHILDREN. 

1348 1. Russell, born May 24, 1830. 

1349 2. Mary Bartlett, born June, 1832, died October 28, 1832. 

1350 —3. William Hewes, born July 21, 1836, died August 30, 1836. 

1351 4. Delia, born July 4, 1838. 

1358.— 5. Frances, born December 24, 1839, died February 6, 1845. 

1353 6. Helen, born March 11. 1841, died February 19, 1845. 

1354 7. Mary Ann, born August 3, 1843, nothing told. 

1355.— 8. Jane Ann, born December 25, 1844. 

1356. — 9. Caroline Almeda, born December 13, 1846, nothing told. 

1357. — 10. George Hewes, born January 9, 1848. 

1358 — 11. Helen Cornelia, born January 9, 1852. 

Note. Almeda's sister, Laura Hewes, married Orin Southwick and had a daughter Mary, the wife of Martin 
Van Buren Van de Mark, of West Junius, N. Y., now a banker at Clyde, Kansas. Martin's mother, Lucinda Van 
Akin, was sister of Simeon Van Akin, see 517, 1255, father of Lydia AnnPotwin Wight (1255.) 

583. Ann Elizabeth 7 Wight (Benjamin 6 , Jabez*, Jabez 4 ", Joseph 5 , Henry 2 , TJiomas 1 ), born 
June, 1802, married May 17, 1837, John Thompson of Augusta, N. Y. She died childless at 
Clinton, N. Y., about 1868. 

585. Russell Benjamin 7 Wight (Benjamin 6 , Jabez 5 , Jabez 4 , Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
August 13, 1807, lives unmarried in Oleta, Amador Co., California. In his youth he learned 
the trade of saddle and harness making and carriage trimming in Cooperstown, N. Y., and 
followed this avocation for a few years at Guilford and Oxford N. Y. He then abandoned it 
and engaged in merchandize at Charleston, S. C. Here he had encouraging hopes of a suc- 
cessful career when a sweeping conflagration wiped out a large portion of the business of the 
city and left him, with many others, penniless. He then returned to his old field at the 
North and devoted his time to the study and practice of art. Here he was again successful 
but failing health admonished him of the need of change from sedentary pursuits. Mean- 
while the California gold fever attacked many and attacked him also. In March, 1849, with 
twenty others, he organized a company which took a sailing vessel from New York to San 
Francisco where they landed after nearly six months' passage around the cape. After various 
fortune the company disbanded. Russell engaged in mining, locating himself for permanent 
occupation, and connected with that business gardening and fruit growing for 10 or 12 years. 
He then abandoned these pursuits and became agent for Wells, Fargo & Co.'s express at 
Oleta, where he is also postmaster, village druggist and the owner of a fruit ranch of 25 acres. 
He also owns several buildings and lots on the principal street of Oleta. In 1882 his brother 
Elijah visited him in Oleta seeing him then for the first time in nearly 38 years. Not until 
considerable conversation had passed, and Elijah had shown his brother a cane which the 
latter had owned before going to California, did Russell recognize his unexpected brother. 
"Then," writes Elijah, " his eyes were opened and he called my name." — During this visit, 
however, Elijah, the younger brother died. See 586. 

586. Elijah Woethington 7 Wight (Benjamin 6 , Jabez 5 , Jabez 4 , Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born February 7, 1810, was a hatter by trade, and in early manhood went from Cooperstown 
to Rome, N. Y., and engaged in the hat and cap business. His brother Jabez eventually 
became his partner and they continued together in trade for a number of years. On Febru- 
ary 17, 1826, he united with the First Presbyterian church of Rome. The relation then 



i44 The Wights. 



established with that church continued during the 57 remaining years of his life. He was a 
trustee for 22 years, ruling elder 34 years and deacon 25 years, holding the latter office when 
he died. He married January 25, 1838, Mary Ann Hills of Rome who died, aged 57, Septem- 
ber 6, 1849. Upon the departure, in 1S82, of his daughter and her husband for a trip around 
the world, Elijah went with them as far as California where he visited his brother Russell at 
Olela. While he was at Oleta I had letters from him abounding in information and full of 
ardor for my task. A letter which I wrote him in March, 1883, was returned by his brother, 
for Elijah had died before receiving it. He died of heart disease at Oleta, March 27, 1883. 
He was a quiet, unassuming gentleman of the old school. Habitually at his post in the meet- 
ings of his church sessions, in the sanctuary services and at the prayer meetings he set before 
the people an example of punctuality and faithfulness in the discharge of his obligations to 
religion and the church. " In his domestic relations he was a devoted and tender husband 
and father, a generous and sympathizing neighbor and friend, given to hospitality and a fol- 
lower of the things that make for peace." He was of antiquarian taste and was well posted 
upon the early history of Rome, N. Y. He furnished much information to local histoiians 
regarding early times in Rome and wrote a number of articles upon those subjects for the 
press. — See the Rome Sentinel, April 5, 1883. 

CHILDREN. 

1359 — 1. Hellen Maria, born at Rome December 31, 1843. 

1360 — 2. Josiah Foster, born at Rome July, 184S, died August, 1848. 

5S7. Jabez 7 Wight (Benjamin 6 , Jabez 5 , Jabez*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas*), born January 
17, 1817, followed his brother Elijah to Rome and became his partner in the hat and cap 
business there. For more than 60 years Rome has been his place of residence. He has 
taken much iuterest in the history of his ancestry and has explored the neighborhood of 
Preston, Conn., for records and memoranda of his fathers. He married in Paris, N. Y., June 
27, 1844, Hannah Rosina Munson, born there January 11, 1821. 

CHILDREN. 

1361 — 1. Charles Munson, born April 15, 1849, died September 16, 1849. 
1362. — 2. Edward Bartlett, born December in, 1850. 

58S. Emilia 7 Wight (John Fitch , John 5 , Jabez*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 
27, 1788, passed most of her life in Erie, Pa. In November, 1871, she removed to White- 
water, Wis., to reside with her nephew John Fitch 8 Wight (1373). Here she died unmarried 
May 5, 1877. Although she was over eighty years of age when I began correspondence with 
her, I found the mind of this gentle lady vigilant and keen, and she was assiduous and 
unwearied in seeking and sending family records for this work. For a sketch of her life and 
some references to her cultivated mind, self-reliant, energetic character and christian graces, 
see Erie Morning Dispatch of May 12, 1877. 

589. John Fitch 7 Wight (John Fitch , John 5 , Jabez*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
November 2, 1790, began sailing the ocean when 15 years of age, and was chief mate of an 
ocean sailing vessel at his majority. Subsequently he took up his residence in Erie, Pa., 
and narrowed his voyages to the compass of the great lakes. He married February 7, 1819, 
Jane Esther, born November 17, 1800, daughter of George Willes and Esther (Potter) Kim- 
berley of New Haven, Conn. John Fitch visited Chicago when it was a hamlet of log cabins, 
and bought for $24 what was then mapped " Wight's addition to the city of Chicago, "and 
which consisted (his daughter, Mrs. Jones, believes) of quite a large tract on the Chicago river. 
He is said to have visited Chicago on the first steamboat which sailed there, and of which he 
was part owner. At his death he owned two steamboats, of one of which, plying between Buf- 
falo and Chicago, he was captain. He was a warm friend of the Indians; his said daughter 
now owns a portrait of Red Jacket, a resident on the Buffalo reservation, between whom and 
Mr. Wight a close intimacy existed. From the time of his marriage John Fitch resided in 
Erie, where his children were born and where he died September 3, 1844. His brother 
Jabez was executor of his will. ( Wight vs. Wallbaum, 39 Illinois, 554.) John Fitch's widow 
died in Lancaster, Grant County, Wis., September 3, 1883. 

CHILDREN. 

1363 1. Son, born July 16, 1820, died same day. 

1364.— 2. John Fitch, born September 8, 1821, died in Erie, October 19, 1826. 

1365.— 3. Clarissa Allyn, born September 17, 1823, died in Buffalo, N. Y., August 12, 1849. 

1366. — 4. Thomas Potter, born September 23, 1825. 

1367 5. John William, born June 7, 182S. 

136S 6. Jabez Allyn, born September 4, 1830, died in Erie, September 14, 1832. 

1369. —7. Emily Jane, born November 1, 1833. 

590. Jabez 7 Wight (John Fitch , John 5 , Jabez*, Joseph 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born August 
12, 1792, received a diploma in medicine, but followed mercantile pursuits by preference. 
He embarked in business in Richmond, Va., with Hezekiah Lord 8 Wight (275), but the dis- 
appearance of a trusted agent, with large sums of money, brought disaster upon their enter- 
prise. Jabez was present at the burning of the Richmond-theater in 1811, and saved the life 
of a lady who had lost consciousness. He married in Philadelphia April 5, 1823, Rebecca 



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Garrett Worrell of that place, daughter of Maris and Mary (Rowan) Worrell. Rebecca, whose 
parents were Quakers, was born in Haverford, Delaware Co., Pa., April 5, 1805. The couple 
removed to the wilderness of Northwestern Pennsylvania, where for a few years Jabez 
engaged in farming and milling. Pie then became a merchant in Girard, Pa., where he did a 
thriving and profitable business. But enterprises of magnitude, in which he and his brother 
were engaged, proved unfortunate. A steamer in which their fortunes were embarked, was 
lost, and his property, including a broken section of land in what is now the heart of Chicago, 
went to creditors. He rallied to a certain degree of prosperity. He died in Girard May 12, 
1851. His widow died in Whitewater, Wis., November 26, 1871. He was possessed "of many 
graces of mind and person, of animposing presence, with physical beauty seldom vouchsafed 
to the sterner sex. His mind was solid and brilliant. He was an able debater, with a judicial 
rather than a partisan bent. His talents, while marked in all respects, in one amounted to 
genius. In music all instruments acknowledged him master as soon as he understood their 
mechanism. He imitated bird notes so faithfully as even to deceive the birds themselves." 
One of his daughters mentions the pride with which she has more than once heard this com- 
ment about her father: " Jabez Wight was the handsomest man I ever saw and his word was 
as good as his bond." — His oldest child was born in Erie, the next four at Cussewago, near 
Meadville, Pa., the remainder at Girard. — I am now informed that John Fitch (589) and 
Jabez (590) were born in Preston, Conn. 

CHILDREN. 

1370 1. Maris Worrell, born April 28, 1824, died unmarried at Vicksburg, Miss., Jan. 11, 1850. 

1371.— 2. Emily Louisa, born June 12, 1826. 

1372.— 8. Ann Eliza, born August?, 1828, died at Lockport, Erie Co., Pa., November 1, 1858. 

1373 — 4. John Fitch, born September 22, 1830. 

1374. — 5. Edwin Lewis, born March 23, 1832, died unmarried at Lockport, March 4, 1859. 

1375 6, Ebenezer Allyn, born July 10, 1834, died at Girard, October 17, 1835. 

1376 7. Mary Clarissa, born October 3, 1836, died at Nyack, N. Y., August 7, 1853. 

1377.— 8. Rachel Elizabeth, born February 24, 1839, died at Girard, February 7, 1842. 

1378 9. Rebecca Jane, born March 24, 1841. 

1379.— 10. Alice Fitch, born October 7, 1849, lives unmarried in Washington, D. C. 

592. David 7 Wight (John , David 5 , David*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 17, 
1773, married November 6,1799, Hepsibeth Hixon of Franklin, Mass., born April 3, 1774. 
This marriage is given in the Medway records in which David is said to be of Medway. He 
seepis to have lived later in Greenwich and Dover, and he died in Sherborn September 12, 
1825, which corrects the remark at 283, Note. His widow died May 26, 1838. He moved from 
Medway soon after the birth of his second child. 

children. 

• 1380.— 1. Aurelia, born February 7, 1801, recorded in Greenwich, Mass. 

1381. — 2. Miron (in Medway records Myron) born in Medwav May 11, 1803. 

1388 3. John, born October 12, 1805. 

1383 4. Sally, born March 13, 1808, died October 15, 1873. 

1384 — 5. David, born August 10, 1810 (or August 13, 1810, in Aurelia's family Bible). 

1385.— 6. Elizabeth Miller, born March 23, 1815, died September 4, 1817. 

1386 7. Walter Hixon, born June 5, 1819, died August 23, 1823. 

593. John 7 Wight [John , David 5 , David*, Daniel 6 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 26, 
1776, moved to Greenwich, Mass., where his intentions of marriage to Patty Smith of Wren- 
tham were published August 10, 1800. John is said to have died in Providence, R. I. 

child. 
1387.— 1. John Clark, born July 7, 1801, at Greenwich. 

595. Levi Lincoln 7 Wight (Daniel , Daniel 5 , Daniel*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
August 26, 1809, was a farmer in Newry, Maine, and died unmarried January 7, 1868. 

596. Charles 7 Wight (Daniel , Daniel 5 , Daniel* , Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Tliomas 1 ), born March 
20, 1811, married in Newry, Me., April 5, 1835, Eliza, daughter of Josiah and Olive (Works) 
Chase, who moved from Farmington to Newry, about 1790. Eliza died February 14, 1839. 
Charles married second in Mason, Me., July 9, 1839, Hannah Wheeler Morse of Bethel, Me., 
daughter of Paul and Betsey (Russell) Morse, who moved from Dublin, N. H., about 1804. 
Charles is a farmer in Newry. 

CHILDREN. 

1388 — 1. Olive Eliza, born August 8, 1836, died May 14, 1839. 

1389 — 2. Charles Uriah, born December 8, 1838. 

1390.— 3. Olive Eliza, born November 6, 1840, died in Bethel, August 27, 1857. 

1391.— 4. Lydia Diana, born August 6, 1843. 

1398 5. Willard Barker, born October 29, 1846. 

1393 — 6. Abbie Jane, born August 19, 1851. 

597. Caroline 7 Wight (Daniel , Daniel 5 , Daniel*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 
16, 1812, married in Casco, Maine, December 29, 1839, Joshua Brackett. There were no chil- 
dren. 

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599. Daniel Paine 7 Wight {Daniel", Daniel 5 , Daniel*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
August 10, 1814, married in Milan, N. H., August 18, 1865, Albina Brackett of Casco, Me. He 
resides in Newry. 



CHILD. 

1394.— 1. Charles Edes, born May 9, 1866, nothing told. 



600. Aaron 7 Wight (Daniel 6 , Daniel 5 , Daniel*, Daniel 3 , Henry' 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 9, 
1816. married at Berlin, N. H., May 19, 1846, Eunice B. Ordway, who was born in Randolph, 
N. H., September 30, 1822. Aaron was a farmer in Milan, N. H., but enlisted in the army 
during the war of 1861, and died at Chester, Pa., June 17, 1864, while a member of Co. I, 6th 
New Hampshire Volunteers. His widow, who resides on his farm at Milan, married second 
a Swan and had two children. Aaron's children were born in Milan. 

CHILDREN. 

1395 1. Elsie, born March 11, 1847. 

1396.— 2. Perley A., born May 11, 1850. 

1397.— 3. Emma J., born December 14, 1853. 

1398 4. James Levi, born August 29, 1856, died October 16, 1863. 

1399.— 5. Mercy Lary, born August 24, 1858, died October 15, 1863. 

001. Joseph Ripley 7 Wight (Daniel , Daniel 5 , Daniel*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
September 25, 1817, married in Colebrook, N. H., April 4, 1843, Harriet Hibbard. Joseph is 
a farmer in Newry. 

CHILDREN. 

1400.— 1. Susan Lauretta, born January 26, 1844. 

1401.— 2. Daniel Martial, born August 31, 1845, died March 10, 1880. 

1405}.— 3. Horatio, born May 26, 1847. 

1403 4. Valorus, born September 10, 1849, died March 17, 1879. 

602. James Monroe 7 Wight (Daniel", Daniel 5 , Daniel*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
July 5, 1819, married in Rumford, Me., March 7, 1851, Lucinda Taylor. He was a farmer in 
Newry and died October 5, 1873. His widow married Luther Curtis and lives in Monmouth, Me. 

CHILDREN. 

1404 1. Anson Oraville, born in Newry, February 3, 1853. 

1405 2. Lucy Ann, born October 13, 1856. 

1406 — 3. George Henry, born January 15, 1863, died September 5, 1869. 

603. Hannah 7 Wight (Nathaniel", Daniel 5 , Daniel*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Jan- 
uary 12, 1802, married February 9, 1821, Benjamin Hibbard, who died February 21, 1834. 
Hannah died May 1, 1831. Information about their descendants was given in 1887. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Daniel L. 8 Hibbard, born September 3, 1821, is dead. 

2. Benjamin S. 8 Hibbard, born October 30, 1822, is dead. 

3. William Wight 8 Hibbard, born June 27, 1824, lives in Oneouta, N. Y. 

4. Philander Smith 8 Hibbard, born April 12, 1826, is dead. 

5. Solon Asbury 8 Hibbard, born March 6, 1828, is dead. 

6. Orin Bent 8 Hibbard, born April 27, 1830, has lived since 1844 in West Bridgton, Me.; he was in the army 

three years during the rebellion, was connected with the mail service twelve years and has been postmaster 
of West Bridgton since May, 1881. He married October 22, 1852, Lizzie A. Gouldthwaite and has had nine 
children, seven of whom survive. Two sons and two daughters are married, one son is twelve years old. 
Two of his sons are blacksmiths and wagonmakers and one is a tanner. 

604. William 7 Wight (Nathaniel", Daniel 5 , Daniel*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
April 27, 1806, married Rhoda Rowell. He removed to New York and it is believed to Iowa. 
He is now dead. He had 9 sons and one daughter, the names of only three of whom are 
known to me. 

CHILDREN. 

1407.— 1. Orange, born , nothing told. 

1408 2. Lucia Ann, , nothing told. 

1409.— 3. Almond, , is dead. Nothing more known. 

605. Thomas Harden 7 Wight (Nathaniel", Daniel 5 , Daniel*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born March 3, 1808, was a farmer in Albany, Me., but is now dead. His wife's name has 
been given me Rachael Witham and Deborah Wittinn (Whiting?). There were four daugh- 
ters and two sons, the name of but one of whom, Clarke, is known to me. The remainder 
are dead. 

child. 
1410.— 1. Clarke C. , born , lives at Raymond, N. H. 

606. Mary Lyon 7 Wight (Nathaniel", Daniel 5 , Daniel*, Dani-el 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
April 12, 1810, married May 29, 1826, Joseph, born in Gilead, Me., December 6, 1804, son of 
Jonathan Blodgett. Joseph and his wife are both living at Berlin Falls, N. H.,and the latter 
has been a zaalous aid in procuring me information. Of their children the eldest was born 
in Milan, N. H., the remainder in Berlin. 



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DESCENDANTS. 

1. Herrnon Alton 8 Blodgett, born November 28, 1827. 

2. Ruby 8 Blodgett (November 30, 1829— November 5, 1858); married September 1, 1849, Levi Grover. 

3. Roxanna 8 Blodgett, January 22, 1832— November 5, 1848. 

4. Roancy French 8 Blodgett (February 17, 1837— January 28, 1872); married May 2, 1858, Francis D. Green. 

5. Mary Ann 8 Blodgett, born April 2, 1839. 

6. Daniel Wight 8 Blodgett, born January 9, 1810, married June 11, 1864, Maggie Baxter; he was killed July 22, 

1872, by the fall of a chimney at the burning of a depot in Berlin. 

7. Roeua French 8 Blodgett, born August 3, 1842, married August 31, 1861, John D. Paine. 

8. Francis McKendria 8 Blodgett, born June 18, 1N45, was drowned in Berlin Falls May 30, 1856. 

9. Rosannah 8 Blodgett, born July 2, 1848, married June 27, 1867, Charles McKusick of Massachusetts. 
10. Dorliska Lorancha 8 Blodgett, born December 16, 1851, is dead. 

608. Ann Mills 7 Wight {Nathaniel , Daniel 7 ', Daniel ', Daniel*, Henry' 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
September 11, 1815, married about 1841 " somewhere in Vermont," Robert Spicer. She died 
February 18,1872; Robert died in DeKalb, 111., February 14, 1887. Of their six sons the 
names of three are known to me. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. William Elliot 8 Spicer, born September 14, 1849, resides in Janesville, Wis. He has four children. 

2. Lorenzo Dow 8 Spicer, born about 1851. 

3. Robert Nelson 8 Spicer, born about 1853. 

611. Philip Mills 7 Wight (Pldlip 6 , Daniel:', Daniel 1 , Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
November 1, 1814, married June 4, 1845, Catharine Cole of Tyrone, Steuben County, N. Y., 
born in Walpole, Sussex Co., N. J., February 28, 1818. Her mother's name was Christman— 
a German. Philip is a farmer living at Beaver Dams, Schuyler County, N. Y. 

CHILDREN. 

1416.— 1. Ulissa Ann, born November 29, 1848, in Catlin, Chemung County, N. Y. 
1417.— 2. John Oscar, born March 27, 1851, died in Catlin, July 17, 1851. 

612. George Frost 7 Wight (Philip", Daniel 5 , Daniel*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
August 8, 1816, married Polly Maria Loomis of Catlin, Chemung County', N. Y. They are 
now residing in Ionia, Chickasaw County, Iowa, having had two daughters married, residing 
in Michigan and a son. The latter only is known to me. 

child. 
1418.— 1. Alden H. , born 

613. Rhoda 7 Wight [Philip 6 , Daniel 5 , Daniel*, Daniel 9 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born August 
16, 1818, married Rev. Amaziah Loomis, a Free-will Baptist minister in New York state." Of 
their four sons and two daughters, the two last live at or near Riceville, Mitchell County, la. 
a son lives there also, another son resides in Kansas and two sons died in the Union army. 

614:. Dorcas 7 Wight {Philip 6 , Daniel 5 , Daniel 1 , Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 16 
1820, married in Catlin, Chemung County, N. Y., October 4, 1839J Reuben Ward of Painted 
Post, N. Y., born in Middleburgh, Schoharie County, N. Y., February 20, 1817. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Albert S. 8 Ward, born in Catlin November 29, 1840, had common school education and was at Cauldwell's 

College, Elmira. He enlisted July 15, 1862, in Co. C, 107 N. Y. Vols., and fought at Antietam September 17, 
1862; he was promoted Sergeant February 10, 1863, was at Chancellorsville, May 1-3, 1863, aud was wounded 
on the last day of Chancellorsville causing amputation of right leg below the knee May 8, 1863. He was 
discharged August 27, 1863. He was postmaster at Van Ettenville, Chemung Co., N. Y., from May, 1881, to 
February 1, 1886, and is at present (1887) Justice of the Peace; occupation, lumbering. He married' May' 25 
1865, Mrs. Frances C. Burrows. 

1. Mary Ardell 9 Ward, born April 16, 1866, married March 20, 1887, William Decker. 

2. Adah Jane 9 Ward, January 7, 1871— November 29, 1881. 

3. Ella May" Ward, born August 10, 1872. 

4. Frances C. 9 Ward, born August 14, 1876. 

5. Albert S. 9 Ward, born June 29, 1879. 

6. Amos H. 9 Ward, March 1 , 1883— September 8, 1884. 

2. Henry 8 Ward, born September 4, 1842, in Erwin, Steuben Co , N. Y., died there October 4, 1843. 

3. Philip 8 Ward, born in Erwin, July 7, 1844, died at City Point, Va., July 24, 1864; he had enlisted December 

27, 1863. 

4. Mary 8 Ward, born in Catlin March 1, 1847, died in Erwin, November 20, 1851. 

5. Burr 8 Ward, born in Thxirston, Steuben Co , N. Y., September 2C, 1849, died at Hornellsville, Steuben Co. 

N. Y., January 6, 1879. Was married and had Ida Mav 9 , Edward 8 and Zena 9 Ward. 

6. Orr 8 Ward, born in Erwin April 29, 1852, died there July 23, 1858. 

7. Dorr 8 Ward, born in Erwin, April 29, 1852, married September 10, 1873, Eleanor Barr. 

1. Arthur 9 Ward, born October 14, 1875. 

2. Emma 9 Ward, born July 17, 1877. 

3. Walter 9 Ward, born March 9, 1879. 

4. Philip 9 Ward, born July 25, 1881. 

5. Lizzie 9 Ward, born November 9, 1883. 

6. Reuben 9 Ward, born April 17, 1885. 

7. John 9 Ward, born January 13, 1887. 

8. Benjamin 8 Ward, born in Erwin July 12, 1857, died August 13, 1863. 

9. Sarah J. 8 Ward, born July 30, 1859, married February 8, 1880, Charles McDuffee, born July 23, 1855 

1. John 9 McDuffee, born February 22, 1884. 

2. Clara 9 McDuffee, born July 19, 1885. 

10. Clara M. 8 Ward, born March 11, 1863, married February 8, 1880, William E. Cowell, born October 30, 1862. 



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615. Triphena 7 Wight {Philip*, Daniel 5 , Daniel 4 -, Daniel 3 , Henry'-, Thomas 1 ), born , 
married Thomas Quigley and resides at Horseheads, N. Y. No children. 

616. Nathan 7 Wight (Philip", Daniel 5 , Daniel 1 -, Daniel 3 , He/in/ 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Septem- 
ber 13, 1824, married December 22, 1844, Phebe Ann, born March 2, 1823, daughter of William 
and Elizabeth Lane, of Orange, Steuben Count}-, X. Y., where Phebe was born. Nathan is a 
farmer at Ainger, Eaton County, Michigan. 

CHILDREN. 

1421.— 1. Sarah Elizabeth, born in Catlin, Chemung County, N. Y., November 22, 1845. 

1422 2. Wellington, born October 13, 1851. 

1423 — 3. Harriet Eliza, born Mny 3, 185S. 

1424 — 4. Willis Elmon, born April 20, 1863, died in Walton, Eaton County, Mich., August 26, 
1880. 

618. Pettexgill Dudley 7 Wight (Philip", Daniel 3 , Daniel*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born May 7, 1829, married at Painted Post, N. Y., October 1, 1854, Martha Amanda, born in 
Chemung County, N. Y., July 6, 1836, daughter of Anthony and Amanda (Dolph) Pearce. 
He moved to Michigan soon after marriage and his children were born in that state. He 
enlisted January 2, 1864, in the Union army, but was discharged on account of disability 
February 14, 1865, and died at his home in Bellevue, Eaton County, Mich., Aprils, 1880. 
His widow resides there still. 

CHILDREN. 

1425.— 1. Allma Cornelia, born January 6, 185S, at Maple Grove, Barrv County, Mich., died 

there August IS, 1861. 
H42G.— 2. Laura Ann, born October fc9, 1861, at Maple Grove, died at Bellevue, July 18, 1873. 
1427.— 3. Dorcas Amanda, born at Maple Grove March 27, 1868, nothing told. 
1428 — 4. Irwin Hemenway, boru at Bellevue January 26, 1S71, nothing told. 

619. Anna Stearns 7 Wight (Philip , Daniel 5 , Daniel 4 -, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ) , born 
February 20, 1832, married in the town of Emmet, Calhoun County, Michigan, October 13, 
1860, Phineas G. Hemenway of Bellevue, Eaton County, Michigan, born in Marlboro, N. H, 
July 11, 1821, son of Asa and Sally (Gleason) Hemenway. They reside in Bellevue, where 
their children were born. 

descendants. 

1. Lulah A.8 Hemenway, July 13, 1861— May 5, 1878. 

2. Charles A. s Hemenway, born December 15, 1863. 

3. Hattie A.» Hemenway, January 2, 1868— May 13. 1878. 

4. Xucie A. s Hemenway, born December 30, 1869. 

5. Wilbur A. s Hemenway, January 1, 1S74— .May 17, 1878. 

620. Eebecca Carlton 7 Wight (Aaron", Daniel 5 , Daniel 4 -, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
April 1 , 1829, married David Meserve, born in Limington, Me., January 1, 1822. She died at 
Milan Corner, N. H., April 22, 1877. Her husband was said to be living at Washburn, Arkan- 
sas, but a letter to that office was returned by the postmaster. Later I learn that David is 
dead. Eebecca's children were Fred s , Annie 8 , and Addie 8 Meserve, who was, it is said, 
teaching the Indians in Indian Territory in 1880. 

Nole. Meserve: Clement Meserve, from the isle of Jersey, was in Portsmouth, N. H., in 1673. His sou 
Clement, of Scarboro, Me., by wife Elizabeth Jones was father "of J.ieut. Col. Nathaniel Meserve, of Louisburg 
fame, and of Deacon Daniel Meserve, of Scarboro. This last, born 1715, married Mehetabel Bragdon and had 
Nathaniel, born April 20, 1747, husband of Anne Hunnewell. Nathaniel and Anne were parents of Silas 
Meserve, born June 13, 1785, who married Patience Irish. Silas and Patience were parents of David, above. 

621. Isaac Carlton 7 Wight (Aaron 6 , Daniel 5 , Daniel 4 -, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
December 8, 1830, married January 1, 1865, Philantha Howard of Hanover, Maine. He was 
representative in New Hampshire legislature for three years, and now resides at Milan, N. H. 

children. 

1429 — 1. Joseph 'Howard, born March 11, 1866, graduated from Kent's Hill (Me.) Seminary, 
1886. 

1430 2. Aaron Carlton, born May 7, 1868, nothing told. 

1431.— 3. Rebecca Carlton, born August 5, 1871, nothing told. 

1432 — 4. Adam Willis, born January 12, 1873, nothing told. 

1433 — 5. Isaac Henry, born March 28, 1875, nothing told. 

1434.— 6. Daniel Roberts, born November 3, 1878, nothing told. 

1435.— 7. Mary Philantha, born April 23, 1880, nothing told. 

1436.— 8. Alice Iantha, born September 20, 1883, nothing told. 

622. Sarah Wight 7 (Aaron", Daniel 5 , Daniel 4 -, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 
30, 1831, married at Neenah, Wis., March 30, 1873, James Wiser. She has long been a 
preacher among the United Brethren. They reside at Dummer, N. H. No children. 

623. Almira 7 Wight (Aaron", Daniel 5 , Daniel 4 -, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 8, 
1834, married at Dummer, N. II., Frank, born in Casco, Me., November 4, 1814, son of Noah 
and Phebe (Spiller) Winslow. The family moved to Wisconsin in 1866, and located in Shioc- 
ton. Almira died in Maine, Outagamie County, Wis., October 12, 1878. Her husband resides 
in Sioux Falls, Dakota. 



Seventh Generation. 149 



DESCENDANTS. 

1. Isaac Carlton* Winslow, born in Dummer September 6, 1858, married in Hiawatha, Kansas, September 14, 

1880, Surah Anna Cassady, born August 4, 1862. He has been a manufacturer of axe handles and similar 
articles at New London, Wis., but in 18X7 moved to Stinsou, Wis. 
1. John Franklin 8 Winslow, born in New Loudon July 25, 1884. 

2. William Leavitt* Winslow, born in Dummer June 2, 18G0, married in Maine, Wis., December 14, 1879, Minnie 

Ermina Mattison, born in Drummond, Pa., January 23, lb63. He is a farmer at Navarino, Shawano 
County, Wis. 

1. Damie" Winslow, born in New London December 8, 1S81. 

3. Rebecca Phebe* Winslow, born in Dummer April 20, 1862, married at Great Bend, Kansas, January 13, 1880, 

George Frank Hulbert, born May 20, 1858, in Maine, V\ is., where he is a farmer. 

1. Leota Pernelia 9 Hulbert, born at Great Bend, March 17, 18S1. 

2. Archibald Lee 9 Hulbert, born April 17, 1883. 

4. Pruuia* Winslow, born in Upton, Me., January 25, 1864, married Alfred Waters in Hiawatha, where they 

reside. 

5. Sophia Newton* Winslow, born in Upton, January 25, 1864, married William Schimp, a farmer at Carson, 

Cloud County, Kansas. 

6. Annie* Winslow, born February 1, 1867, at Shiocton, died there April 9, 1867. 

7. Dominicus Jordan* Winslow, born at Neenah, Wis., October 5, 1870, resides at Sioux Falls. 

629. Hannah 7 Wight (John 6 , John 5 , John*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 7, 1783, 
married Joseph Devereaux or Devereux, probably of Marblehead, Mass., where the name 
was frequent. There were four sons and two daughters of this marriage, of whom were Kim- 
ball 8 Devereaux of Castine, Me., and Mrs. A. D. 8 Godfrey of Beaver, Me. Another daugh- 
ter was the mother of Martha Osgood King, wife of Amos Merrill 7 Wight (778). 

630. Nathan Bowen 7 Wight (John 6 , John 5 , John 4 -, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 
married Mehetabel Limeburner. He was a seaman in command of a coasting vessel from 
Maine and Massachusetts to the South. He died when about 30, leaving his familv in Maine. 
Of his five children the names of four only are known. 

CHILDREN. 

1437.— 1. Eliza., born , died childless. 

1438.— 2. Margaret, born , died childless. 

1439.— 3. Almira, born , lives at Blue Hill, Me. Nothing more known. 

1440.— 4. Matthew born , lives at Blue Hill, Me. Nothing more known. 

. 1441.— 5. Daughter, born 

631. Jonathan 7 Wight (John 6 , John 5 , John 4 , Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 

was a seaman. I am informed that he married in New York state, took his wife to Maine 
and soon returned with her to New York. I am also told he died childless. 

632. Abigail Bowen 7 Wight (John 6 , John 5 , John 4 -, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
August 8, 1796, married in 1820 David Chandler, born in New London, N.' H., September 27, 
1792. Their various places of residence are partly indicated by the births of their children' 
Abigail died May 20, 1880. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Sarah Holts chandler, born in Castiue, Me., January 12, 1821, married Burnham, and died October 6, 1872. 

2. Margaret Elizabeth* Chandler, born in Castine December 11, 1S23, married Collier, and died September 25 

1877. 

3. Samuel Wight* Chandler, born in Grafton, N. H., January 8, 1825, died August 7. 1850. 

4. Abbie Bowen* Chandler, born in Grafton September 26, 1826, died September 21, 1875. 

5. Nancy Grindall* Chandler, born in Alexandria, N. H., September 19, 1828, married a Fowler and resides in 

Salem, Mass. 

6. David Wight* Chandler, born in Grafton, N. H., October 16, 1830, died January 2, 1862. 

7. Mary Grindall* Chandler, born in Danbury, N. H., January 17, 1832, married Charles Saunders and resides 

at Salem. 

8. Adaline* Chandler, born in Danbury, January 16, 1834. 

9. Eliza Anu* Chandler, born in Danbury, March 5, 1835. 

10. Caroline Derby 8 Chandler, born in Salem, February 10, 1837. 

11. Olive Wight* Chandler, born in Salem, March 24, 1839. 

12. George Augustus* Chandler, born in Salem, April 10, 1841. 

633. Sarah 7 Wight (John 6 , John 5 , John 4 -, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 2, 
1800, married at Penobscot, Maine, November 29, 1821, Thomas Snowman, a sea captain' 
born in Penobscot, January 12, 1798. They resided at Penobscot where their children were 
born. Later in life they removed to Portland, Me.,' where Thomas died July 22, ]855, and 
where his widow died February 12, 1887. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Hannah Newman* Snowman, born May 2, 1823, married February 28, 1865, her kinsman Thomas Snowman 

They reside at Portland, Me. No children. 

2. William* Snowman, March 28, 1825— April 20, 1825. 

3. Abigail Chandler* Snowman, born April 29, 1826, married April 29, 1851, Henry Holmes. They live at Bean's 

Corners, Me. 

1. Isabel A. 9 Holmes, born October 4, 1852, died March 7, 1883. 

2. John A. 9 Holmes, born May 17, 1855, unmarried. 

3. Henrietta S. 8 Holmes, born December 26, 1861, died August 10, 1870. 

4. Henrietta M, 9 Holmes, born December 23, 1864. 

4. John Dudley* Snowman, born November 6, 1827, married February 12, 1854, Isabel McLoud Cain, of Portland. 

He is contractor at locomotive and engine works, Portland. 

1. Frank Balfour 9 Snowman, born at Portland October 11, 1857, married 1878 Isabel Gilbert Wade. He is 
a machinist in Portland. 



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1. Charles Wade 10 Snowman, born December 20, 1878. 

2. Henry Balfour 10 Snowman, born October 31, 1880. 

3. Lucy Isabel 10 Snowman, born March 25, 1885. 

2. Howard Abbott 11 Snowman, born July 20, 1SG3, married July 22, 1884, Minnie Edna Bowen. He is a 
publisher and foreman in Portland. 

1. Helen Cushing 10 Snowman, born September 20, 1S85. 

5. William Wight* Snowman, born September 21, 1830, married June 17, 1857, Henrietta Pembeck, of Salem, 

Mass., who died childless April 5, 1875. He is captain of the steamer John Brook of P. S. & S. S. Co., 
residing at Portland. 

6. Thomas 8 Snowman, born August 2, 1833, married Sarah Milliken, of Portland, who died September 1, 1S74, 

he then married Nellie Bennett ; he resides in Boston. 

1. Albert Edward Snowman, born April 20, 1859, married Carrie McBeau, of Portland. 

2. William Henry 1 ' Snowmau, born November 12, 1862, married in Boston September 28, 1S83, Lottie M. 

Rogers, of Portland. Residence, Chelsea. 

7. Merrill-s Snowmau, born March 28, 1835, married September 8, 1856, Susan Dyer, of Buxton. He died in 

Portland, November 12, 1871. 

1. Willard Snowman, born February 25, 1857. 

2. Minnie Snowman, born September 16, 1859, married January 12, 1886, George Colby, of Brunswick, Me. 

634. John 7 Wight (John 6 , John 3 , John*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born about 1802; of 
him and his brother William ((536) I have these reports: "They went to sea and were never 
heard from;" " They went away into the southern states when young;" " John died of yel- 
low fever in New Orleans, issue uncertain." 

035. Samuel 7 Wight (John , John 5 , John*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 

married his cousin Hannah 7 Wight (655). He was a sea captain, having his home at Penob- 
scot and at Belfast, Me. He died at Barbadoes September 17, 1848. His daughter Mary 
states that he died at sea and was buried on the island of Manito September 14, 1848, and 
that his age was 46 years. 

CHILDREN. 

1443.— 1. Elizabeth, born 

1443.— 2. Samuel, born 

1444 — 3. Abigail, born 

1445.— 1. William, born at Penobscot, about 1831. 

1446. — 5. Anna Maria, born at Penobscot, February 1, 1833. 

1447. — 6. Edward, born at Penobscot, November 1, 1835. 

1448 7. Caroline, born 

1449 8. Mary Ellen, born at Belfast, October 29, 1811. 

637. Nancy 7 Wight (John 6 , John 5 , John*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born August 15, 
1S06, removed from Maine in the childhood of her daughter Mary. She married in 1824 
John L. Grindal, born August 25, 1802. She is still (1889) living in Newburyport, Mass. 

descendants. 

1. Stover* Grindal (June 27, 1825— November 1, 1888) married Julia A. Whitney, born June 25, 1823, and had 

Emma E.° Grindal, born June 5, 1818, wife of Laroy B. Philbrick. 

2. Herbert W.» Grindal, of 160 Broadway, New York. 

:',. Mary E.* Grindal. born September 28, 1832, married February 15, 1859, Benjamin M. Smith, of Centre Harbor, 
N" H. Residence Beverley, Mass. 

1. Edward Everett 9 Smith, June 15, 1861— September 20, 1866. 

2. Ralph M.° Smith, born December 26, 1865. 

638. Polly 7 Wight (John 6 , John 5 , John*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born about 1809, 
married John Dudley Grindall and lived in Orland, Maine. No children. 

639. Olive 7 Wight (John 6 , John 5 , John 11 , Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas}), born , 
married Thomas Merrill Perkins and had one son. Olive is dead. 

640. David Chandler 7 Wight (John 6 , John 5 , John 41 , Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
July 14, 1815, married in New Bedford, Mass., August 13, 1845, Ruth, born in Harwich, Mass., 
September 28, 1820, daughter of Nehemiah and Zipporah (Brooks) Robbins. They had no 
children. David was the captain of a whaler out of New Bedford, his wife being the com- 
panion of his vovages. He followed the sea until 1857, then settled down in New Haven, 
Conn., and died'in Clinton, Conn., May 15, 1875. His widow is (1887) still living in Clinton. 

641. Daniel 7 Wight (Daniel 6 , John 5 , John*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 
20, 1797, settled in Penobscot, Me., and married December 24, 1825, Abigail Irish. They had 
no children. Abigail died April 21, 1873, and Daniel died July 6, 1879. 

642. Thomas 7 Wight (Daniel 6 , John 5 , John*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born February 
20, 1799, settled in Blue Hill, Me., where he lived and his children were born. He married 
March 20, 1824, Prudence Limeburner. He died February 4, 1867, and his widow died July 
24, 1874. 

CHILDREN. 

1450 1. Nancy, born January 9, 1825. 

1451.— 2. Mary, born October 16, 1826. 

1452.— 3. Abigail, born August 20, 1828. 

1453 1. Daniel, born October 16, 1830. 

1454.— 5. Otis, born January 6, 1832. 

1455.— 6. Sarah, born January 1, 1834. 

1456 7. Annie, born July 4, 1836. 

1457. — s. Nellie, born January 12, 1843. 



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643. Sally 7 Wight {Daniel*, John 5 , John*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born December 9, 
1800, married January 24, 1819, Job Herrick. They settled in Belfast, Me. Sally died Decem- 
ber 2, 1833; Job died March 27, 1873. Details somewhat differ from Herrick's Herrick 
genealogy, 189, 190. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Lucy Anns Herrick, born July 81, 1820, married April 29, 1848, Josiah Montgomery. They lived in Penobscot, 

Me. Josiah died February 24, 1863, and his widow married February 2, 1868, Henry Montgomery. 

1. Almasia 9 Montgomery (February 25, 1849— December 12, 1884) ; married September 12, 1866, Augustus 

Cain. 

1. Georgia 10 Cain, born October 24, 1867. 

2. Lulia 10 Cain, born February 13 1875. 

2. Job Herrick 9 Montgomery, born February 25, 1851, is a lawyer in Camden, Maine. 

3. Dora ! > Montgomery, born September, 1855, married November 2, 18S1, Hiram Lane, who died Feb- 

ruary 13, 1885. They lived in Vinalhaven, Me. 
1. Harold 10 Lane, born September 17, 1882. 

4. Charles" Montgomery, born December 9, 1857, admitted to the Rockland bar, 1886. 

5. Sewell 9 Montgomery, born July 2, 1861, died in Penobscot, March 4, 1886. 

2. George* Herrick, born May 24, 1823, married September |5, 1874, Lucy Abbie* Wight (1513). He is a farmer 

in Belfast, Me. 

1. Percy Wight 9 Herrick, born March 13, 1877, in Belfast. 

3. Amanda Melvina 8 Herrick, born February 24, 1826, married October 21, 1852, Joseph Franklin Herrick, born 

June 19, 1823, her cousin, and settled in Northport. 

1. Henry Wilmot 9 Herrick, born June 20, 1854. 

2. Abbie Ellen 9 Herrick, August 13, 1856— August 1, 1884. 

3. Ella Jane 9 Herrick, born December 30, 1857. 

4. George Franklin 9 Herrick, born July 3, 1862. 

5. Laura Helen 9 Herrick, born May 27, 1864. 

6. Emma Medora 9 Herrick, born April 17, 1867. 

4. Cynthia Abbie* Herrick, born April 9, 1829, married November, 1853, Andrew Bennett. She died December 

25, 1873. Lived in Bucksport, Me. 

1. Sallie Watson 9 Bennett, born August 25, 1854, married June 27, 1875, George Bassett. Live in 

Verona, Me. 

2. Charles 9 Bennett, born October 14, 1856. 

3. Howard Lee 9 Bennett, born May 25, 1862. 

4. Lila 9 Bennett, born July 5, 1864. married July 11, 1882, Crocker, and settled in Natick, Mass. 

5. Oscar 8 Herrick, born February 24, 1831, married December 25, 1857, Kate Carter, and lives in Belfast, Me. 

1. Mamie 9 Herrick, born February 21, 1861, married Roscoe Black. 

1. Rena 10 Black, born May 23, 1885. 

2. Fred Wight 9 Herrick, born October 10, 1863, married March 28, 1886, Cora Grant of Belfast, where 

they live. 
1. Harold 10 Herrick, born March 23, 1887. 

644. Giles 7 Wight {Daniel 6 , John 5 , John*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born January 28, 
1803, settled in Northport, Me. He married in 1834 Annette Prescott. The account of Giles' 
marriage and children differs materially from the account of Giles White and Annetta Pres- 
cott, in Prescott's Prescott memorial, 406, 547. My account, however, is from original sources. 

CHILDREN. 

1458.— 1. Mary Abbie, born April 6, 1835. 

1459. — 2. James Edwin, born November 4, 1836. 

1460.— 3. George, October 8, 1850, lives unmarried at Northport, 

645. Ambrose 7 Wight (Daniel 6 , John 5 , John 4 , Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 
28, 1804, married July, 1828, Nancy Soper. They lived in Blue Hill, Me., until October, 1843, 
when they moved to Aurora and then to Buffalo, N. Y. At this latter place Ambrose died 
August 19, 1850; his wife died February 19, 1849. Of their ten children only four were living 
in 1887, and only five are known to me. 

CHILDREN. 

1463.— 1. Abbie, born August 21, 1830. 

1463.— 2. Angeline, born 1832. 

1464.— 3. Eleanor, born February 21, 1838. 

1465 — 4. Susan, born 1840. 

1466 — 5. Ambrose Ellerson, born September 4, 1841. 

646. Edward 7 Wight {Daniel 6 , John 5 , John 4 , Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born September 
28, 1806, married December 11, 1827, Lucy E., daughter of Thomas Kinch, a revolutionary 
soldier, who moved from Dedham, Mass., to Bucksport, Me. Edward died August 14, 1873; 
his widow died May 10, 1883. 

1472.— 1. Clara Abbie, born May 31, 1829. 

1473 — 2. Daniel Edward, born December 15, 1830. 

1474 — 3. Sarah Margaret, born August 18, 1832. 

1475 —4. Annie Lucy, born July 2, 1834. 

1476.— 5. Deborah H., born June 22, 1836. 

1477.— 6. Charles Artemas, born December 20, 1838. 

1478.— 7. Sabrina Eskill, born September 26, 1840. 

1479 — 8. Fannie Delora, born December 7, 1842. 

1480 — 9. Clarence Ambrose, born February 24, 1845. 

1481.— IO.Florence Estelle, born May 2, 1848. 

647. Betsey 7 Wight {Daniel 6 , John 5 , John 4 , Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October 25, 
1808, married May 27, 1828, John Irish. They settled in Penobscot. John died June 9, 1880. 



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DESCENDANTS. 

1. Eliza A.s Irish, born April 10, 1829. 

2. Mary Wights Irish, born October 25, 1831, married March 1G, 1849, Captain Hiram Bowden of Portland, Me 

He followed the sea until a few years before his death when he went into trade at Sedgwick, Me., where he 
and his wife both died, she May 15, 1871, and he March 14, 1872. 

1. \A esley» Bowden, born November 18, 1851, died iu Sedgwick, November 21, 1870 

2. Francis A.'-> Bowden, November 2, 1853— December 28, 1853. 

3. Francis N.» Bowden, Marcti 22, 1856— June 5, 1863. 

4. Albert H.9 Bowden, May 29, 1857— May 26, 1861. 
• 5- Hiram» Bowden, Augus"t 19, 1860— May 28, 1861. 

3. Sallys Irish, born June 30, 1836, married December 4, 1860, Johnson Bridges, a painter. Residence, Penobscot 

1. Isabel r.a Bridges, born February 2.5, 1863. 

2. Mary B.» Bridges, born June 30, 1865. 

3. Hattie W.» Bridges, born December 26, 1872. 

4. Harry W.» Bridges, born December 26, 1872, died December 2, 1879. 

4. Lizzie* Irish, October 5, 1889— January 28, 1841. 

648. Peletiah 7 Wight {Daniel 6 , John 5 , John*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born February 
25, 1811, married July 3, 1838, Abigail Harriman. Tbey live in East Orland, Me. 

CHILDREN. 

1482 — 1. Amanda, born August 5, 1839, died September 10, 1855. 

1483 — 2. Emma, born March 27, 1841, died December 23, 1849. 

1484 — 3. Nancy, born July 12, 1842. 

j 485 — 4. Oscae, born February 5, 1844. 

I486.— 5. Joseph, born October 20, 1845, lives unmarried in Quincy, Mass. 

1487 — 6. Elijah, born Julv 29, 1847. 

1488 — 7. Edwin, born April 18, 1849. 

1489 — 8. Willis, born December 17, 1854. 

1490 — 9. Clara A., born September 5, 1860. 

650. Nathan 7 Wight {Edward , John 5 , John*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 14, 
1795, married in Belfast, Me., October 16, 1828, Pamelia Oakes Kellocb, born in Tbomaston, 
Me., March 11, 1805. daughter of Captain Mather Kelloch of Thomaston. Nathan was a 
farmer and in his younger days had a wide reputation for his skill and rapidity in cutting 
and hauling cord-wood. His children were born in Belfast, where in November, 1887, both 
he and his wife were living. 

children. 

1491.— 1. Hezekiah, born April 16, 1830. 

1492 — 2. Harriet Newell, born April 3, 1832. 

1493 — 3. Sarah Lizzie, born February 5, 1836, died in Belfast, Mav, 1836. 

1494 — 4. Eliza Ellen, born August 15, 1840. 

1495.— 5. Matilda Miller, born May 1, 1815. 

651. Edward 7 Wight (Edward 6 , John 5 , John*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 22, 
1797, married Theodosia Wescott (also spelled Westgate) of Blue Hill, Me. ' They lived in 
Penobscot, where their children were born. Theodosia died aged 84, July 22, 1882; Edward 
died May 8, 1885. 

children. 

1496 — 1. Margaret, born March 11, 1820, died September 5, 1825. 

1497.— 2. Joanna, born August 22, 1825. 

1498 — 3. Lucy Maria, born May 23, 1827, is unmarried. 

1499 — 4. Margaret, born July 29, 1829, is unmarried. » 
1500 — 5. Hezekiah Williams, born October 3, 1831. 

1501.— 6. Frances, born May 7, 1835, 

1502 — 7. Arthur Edward, born August 12, 1837. 

1503 — 8. Francis Williams, born June 4, 1839. Nothing told. 

1504 — 9. Emma (Emily), born July 12, 1841. 
1505 — 10. Pearl, born March 22, 1843. 

652. Abigail 7 Wight (Edward 6 , John 5 , John*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 
married Samuel Ward well, and had Abbie 8 , who married Seba Hutchins; Selena 8 , who died 
young; and Nelson 8 who married a Leach and had a family. 

653. Joseph 7 Wight (Edward 6 , John 5 , John*, Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 1, 
1801, went to Belfast, Me., when 17 years of age, and after arriving at manhood carried on 
the blacksmithing business at the Carter ship yard there. He married November 30, 1826, 
in Belfast, Sarah, born November 24, 1805, the eleventh of the 15 children of John and Han- 
nah (Moore) Burgess. About 1860 he abandoned his earlier business and devoted his time 
to his farm on Northport avenue, Belfast, which he made one of the best in town. His wife 
djed May 22, 1875, and he then made his home with his daughter Sarah Ellen. His last ill- 
ness was of about three weeks' duration. He died at his said daughter's residence, Belfast, 
November 7, 1887. As to the Burgess family, see 1509, Note. 

CHILDREN. 

1506.— 1. George Edward, born November 26, 1827. 

1507.— 2. Lucy Ann, born September 24, 1830, died April 12, 1831. 

1508 3. Joseph Franklin, born October 24, 1832. 

1509 4. John Warren, born February 6, 1835. 

1510.— 5. Sarah Ellen, born July 29, 1836. 

1511 6. James Hascal, born August 13, 1838, died January 13, 1840. 

1512 7. Harriet Emma, born August 26, 1849, died June 21, 1852. 



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654. Joanna 7 Wight {Edward?, John 5 , John 4 ', Daniel*, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 20, 
1803, went to Belfast at the age of 16, and there married June 17, 1827, Edward Perkins, then 
of Frankfort, Me. After the birth of their first child in Frankfort, they moved to Belfast, 
where their remaining children were born. Mr. Perkins was at first in the lumber business, 
but in 1845 he bought a saw-mill and also started a brick-yard. He died May 5, 1881. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Joseph s Perkins, born April 12, 1828, died in Belfast May 1, 1831. 

2. Edward Wight 8 Perkins, born January 26, 1830, went to California in 1853 and engaged in mining and stock 

raising; he returned in 1875, and died unmarried in Belfast, March 8, 1878. 

3. Daniel 8 Perkins (November 25, 1831— April 10, 1878), married November 20, 1856, in Northport, Me., Harriet 

Eastman Stevens, of Northport. He was in the brickmaking and carriage business in Belfast. 

1. Fannie Elizabeth 9 Perkins, boru April 9, 1859, married in Belfast November, 1880, Wm. Vose, of Belfast. 

1. Wilder Lunette™ Vose, born February 14, 1883. 

2. Elmer Perkins 1 " Vose, June 10, 1885— September 23, 1886. 

2. Sadie Edith 9 Perkins, born July 23, 1860, married July 20, 1878, Eben Clark, of Belfast. 

1. Florence Edith 11 ' Clark, born March 21, 1881. 

3. Chester Edward 9 Perkins, born August 28, 1862. 

4. Hannah Abbie 8 Perkins (October 7, 1833— February 24, 1881), married January 1, 1855, John C. Condon. Chil- 

dren born in Belfast. 

1. Arietta Isabel 9 Condon, born November 2, 1856, married September 11, 1881, William Magee. Live in 

Unity, Me. 

1. Clement Arthur 10 Magee, born in Unity October 26, 1882. 

2. Roscoe Condon 10 Magee, born in Unity January 26, 1884. 

3. Charlotte Edna 10 Magee, born in Unity January 26, 1884. 

4. Child, born in Unity December 20, 1886. 

2. Edward Perkins 9 Condon, January 17, 1857— April 25, 1857. 

3. Annie Lillian 9 Condon, born April 20, 1861. 

4. Albert John 9 Condon, born July 3, 1862. 

5. Emma Eliza 9 Condon, born November 6, 1863. 

6. Everett Eugene 9 Condon, born November 11, 1864. 

7. Roscoe Willis 9 Condon, born October 7, 1866. 

8. Benjamin Edward 9 Condon, born February 10, 1868. 

9. Ernest Augustus 9 Condon, born May 5, 1869. 

10. Julia May 9 Condon, February 23, 1871— October, 1871. 

11. Percy Elmer 9 Condon, born April 2, 1874. 

5. Albert 8 Perkins, born May 26, 1836, went to California in 1856, and engaged in mining, four years later he 

moved to Carson City, and thence to Dayton, Nev. where he is engaged in farming and cattle raising. He 
married September 19, 1886, Mrs. Nancy Collier of Dayton. 

6. Augustus 8 Perkins, born May 26, 1836, unmarried, is a partner in Dayton with his twin brother. 

7. Joseph 8 Perkins, born October 7, 1838, died in Belfast, February 7, 1841. 

8. Hiram 8 Perkins, born August 7, 1840, died in Belfast, January 20, 1841. 

9. Frank 8 Perkins, born January 24, 1842, learned at eighteen the carriage maker's trade, and in 1865 went into 

that business at Belfast; in 1879 moved to Hampden, Me., where he resides; married in Stockton, Me., 
September R, 1864, Helen Gertrude Dodge of Belfast. 

1. Ellen Elzira 9 Perkins, born December 1, 1866, died in Belfast December 15, 1871. 

2. Grace Bell 9 Perkins, born in Belfast, June, 1871. 

3. Gertrude Eliza 9 Perkins, February 23, 1874— September, 1874. 

4. Morice Augustus 9 Perkins, born in Belfast, August 28, 1877. 

10. Eliza Ann 8 Perkins, born November 21, 1845, lives with her mother. 

11. Isabel Joanna 8 Perkins, born December 10, 1847, went in 1870 to Nevada and married in Virginia City, August 

7, 1872, John Stubbe, a German. In 1884 they went to Imbler, Washington Ty., where Mr. Stubbe is engaged 
in farming and stock-raising. 

1. Lillian Eliza 9 Stubbe, born in Virginia City, March 20, 1874, died October, 1874. 

2. Albert Herman 9 Stubbe, born in Virginia City, March 23, 1876. 

3. Tillie 9 Stubbe, born in Dayton, Nev., June 11, 1880. 

4. Isabel Joanna 9 Stubbe, born September 25, 1883. 

655. Hannah 7 Wight {Edward?, John 5 . John 4 ', Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Tlwmas 1 ), born January 
1, 1805, married her cousin Samuel 7 Wight (635). 

657. John 7 Wight {Edward 6 , John 5 , John 4 , Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born August 25 
1809, married in Belfast July 21, 1835, Caroline Paul of Camden, Me. Their children were 
born in Belfast, where (1887) John resides. 

CHILDREN. 

1513.— 1. Lucy Abbie, born August 19, 1836. 
1514.— 2. James Paul, born June 27, 1838. 

658. Samuel 7 Wight {Edward , John 5 , John 4 , Daniel 3 , Henry 2 , Tlwrnas 1 ), born October 3 
1811, married in Northport, Me., October 12, 1849, Eliza Mansfield Ware, born in Washing- 
ton, Me., February 9, 1833. Samuel in 1887 was residing in Belfast, Me., where all his chil- 
dren were born. 

CHILDREN. 

1515.— 1. Fred Alvah, born September 13, 1850, nothing told. 

1516.— 2. Marietta, born November 20, 1852. 

1517 — 8. Eva, born February 27, 1854. 

1518.— 4. Willis Edwin, born August 28, 1855, nothing told. 

1519.— 5. Annabel ELattie, born April 4, 1857. 

1530 — 6. Abbie Lunette, born June 6, 1859, nothing told. 

1531 — 7. George Nelson, born October 31, 1860. 
1533.— 8. Sarah Eliza, born February 16, 1863. 

1533.— 9. Grace Alice, born September 15, 1866, nothing told. 
1534.— 10. Samuel Berton, born September 3, 1868, nothing told. 

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661. Virgil 7 Wight {Joseph 1 '', Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 ', Jonathan*, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Feb- 
ruary 10, 1785, married March 4, 1807, at Raymond, Me., Anna Weeinan, daughter of John 
and Hannah (Hasty) Weeman of Lirnington, Me. Virgil died at Casco. Me., August 18, 1873. 
Anna, who was born March 7, 1784, died May 13, 1871. Virgil was a millwright and carpenter 
in Eaymond, Me., where his children were born. 

CHILDREN. 

1525.— 1. Amanda, born September 21, 1807. 

1526 — 2. Elizabeth Small, born December 2, 1808. 

1527 — 3. Homer, born September G, 1810. 

1528 — 4. Olive, born August 6, 1812, died unmarried October 29, 1835. 
1529.— 5. Fidelia, born August 9, 1814. 

1530 — 6. Weeman, born October 26, 1816. 

1331 — 7. Sylvanus Higgins, born March 24, 1818. 

1532.— 8. Annis, born April 21, 1821. 

1533.— 9. Austin H., born July 31, 1824, died April 18, 1829. 

1534.— 10. Lydia, born May 10, 1827. 

662. Abigail Farrington 7 Wight {Joseph , Joseph?, Jonathan 4 , Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , 
Thomas 1 ), born April 16, 1787, married James Jordan and had nine children. She died in 
Casco, Me., July 18, 1869. 

663. Horatio 7 Wight {Joseph , Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 , Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
April 1, 1789, married in Raymond, Me., June 13, 1815, Margaret, daughter of John and 
Jemima Noble. Margaret was born in Waterborough, Me., August 8, 1798, and died in Casco 
December 17, 1854. Horatio, a farmer, lived in Raymond, Otisfield and Casco, and died in 
Casco, February 14, 1865. His four eldest children were born in Raymond, the remainder 
in Otisfield. 

CHILDREN. 

1535.— 1. Lois Margaret, born December 22, 1815, died in Raymond July 22, 1816. 
1536 — 2. Ambrose Farrington, born June 27, 1817. 
1537.— 3. Albion King Parris, born August 14, 1819. 

1538 — 4. John Milton, born October 18, 1821. 

1539 — 5. alpheus Shaw, born January 15, 1823. (Alpheus himself says 1824.) 
1540.— 6. Gilbert Motier, born June 24, 1826. 

1541.— 7. Marcus Grosvenor, born July 21, 1828. 

1542.— 8. Emily Nutting, born February 24, 1831. 

1543.— 9. Sophronia Knight, born September 11, 1833, died in Otisfield December 3, 1840. 

1544. — 10. Margaret Lois, born June 4, 1838. 

665. Calista 7 Wight {Joseph , Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 , Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
October 26, 1794, married at Raymond, Me., January 28, 1818, Walker, son of Captain John 
and Polly (Walker) Brackett of Harrison, Me. (See 1525.) Walker, a farmer in Harrison, 
was born in AVestbrook, Me., April 7, 1796, and died in Wilton, Me., October 16, 1871. Calista 
died in Wilton February 19, 1875. For the Brack etts see Willis' Portland, 207; Ridlon's Har- 
rison, 34; Goold's Portland in the past, 96, et seq. 

descendants. 

1. Silas Bartlett 8 Brackett, born November 11, 1818, a Presbyterian minister in Dwight, 111., married Sarah A. 

Buruham of Harrison. 

2. Polly Walker 8 Brackett, born August 15, 1820, married May 23, 1844, Seth Pike of Norway, Me. 

3. Nancy Caldwell 8 Brackett, born November 19, 1822, married November 7, 1844, Alfred Noyes. 

4 Walker s Brackett, born November 24, 1824, married Eliza Leach of Casco, and Jennie Hackett of Salem, Me. 

5 Roxy Ann 8 Brackett, February 27, 1827— June 30, 1842. 

6 Harriet Wight 8 Brackett, born January 11, 1829, married November 8, 1S49, Tristram Noyes of Harrison. 

7. Elbridge Osgood 8 Brackett, born October 4, 1830, married Mary Hunt of Avon, Me., and moved in 1876 to 

Minnesota. 

8. Betsey Walker 8 Brackett, born May 20, 1833, married Oneal R. Mills of Bethel, later of Harrison. 

9." Charles Henry 8 Brackett, born February 24, 1836, married Lois Talbot of Avon and lives in Vinalhaven. 
10. Sophronia Spurr 8 Brackett, born May 23, 1840, married Robt. S. Lamb of Harrison and George Shead of Norway. 

666. Barclay 7 Wight (Joseph , Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 ', Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
September 15, 1796, married at Casco, October, 1826, Ann, eldest daughter of Major Daniel 
and Betsey (Nash) Mayberry of Casco. She was born December 11, 1804, and died June 1, 
1877. He was a farmer in Casco, where his children were born and where he died November 
2, 1884. 

CHILDREN. 

1545.— 1. Marion, born May 12, 1828. 

1546.— 2. Alfred, born July 1, 1830, died unmarried May 25, 1858. 

1547.— 3. Martha Mayberry, born June 14, 1832, died January 6, 1848. 

1548. — 4. Edward Mayberry, born October 5, 1834. 

1549.— 5. Daniel Webster, born March 21, 1837. 

1550.— 6. Joseph Erastus, born June 1, 1840, died August 19, 1842. 

1551.— 7. Annie Mayberry, born November 25, 1844. 

667. Nelson 7 Wight {Joseph , Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 , Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Jan- 
uary 11, 1799, married at Otisfield December 23, 1822, Harriet Pond Morse, daughter of Phineas 
andSarah (Edwards) Morse of Otisfield. Harriet was born June 26, 1801. Nelson was a farmer 
in Poland, Me., and died January 14, 1869. The oldest child was born in Raymond— the 
remainder in Casco. 



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CHILDREN. 

1552.— 1. Tolman, born August 4, 1824. 

1553.— 2. Harriet Pond, born November 16, 1826, died unmarried March 18, 1816. 

1554.— 8. Arthur Edwards, born September 11, 1828. 

1555.— 4. Calista Brackett, born February 19, 1S30. 

1556.— 5. Lois Mayberry, born September 20, 1831. 

1557 .—6. Horace Morse, born January 13, 1835. 

1558.— 7. Clarissa Ellen, born July 7, 1840. 

668. Patience 7 Wight (Josepli 6 , Joseph", Jonathan*, Jonathan 8 , Henry 2 Thomas 1 ), born 
June 14, 1801, (her daughter-in-law, Sarah Yale Morton, says June 2, 1802) married Joseph 
Baker Morton, who was born in Poland, Me., in 1806. 

descendants. 

1. Martha Maria Mayberry 8 Morton, born in Minot, Me., 1829, married George Howe and Albe Holmes of Med- 

ford, Mass., and now resides there. 

2. Joseph 8 Morton, born June 16. 1831, married May 5, 1869, Sarah Yale Heath of Wakefield, Mass. He served 15 

months in the 50th Mass. Iufautry and 10 months in the 4th Mass. Heavy Artillery iu the war of 1861. 

3. Lucretia Jordan s Morton (June, 1833— February 1, 1872) married George F. Kimball, living in Newton, Mass. 

4. Marcus Wight 8 Morton, 1835—1859. 

5. William Farrington 8 Morton, born at Paris, Me., May 31, 1838, lives in New Haveu, Conn. 

6. Kaphira Bryant 8 Morton, born 1840, married John Gill of Amesbury, Mass. 

7. Charles Kittredge 8 Morton, born 1842, lives in Chicago, 111. 

8. Porter Stowell 8 Morton, 1844—1862. 

669. Marcus 7 Wight (Joseph 6 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan*, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
February 15, 1804, married in Albany, Me., July 7, 1837, Sarah, born August 14, 1810, daugh- 
ter of Colonel Isaac and Mary (Adley) Wardwell of Albany. She died March 13, 1867. Mar- 
cus was a Methodist Episcopal minister in Maine and died August 3, 1875. 

CHILDREN. 

1559.— 1. Marcus, born in Albany, July 7, 1838. 

1560 — 2. Sarah Florinda, born in Bethel, Me., April 24, 1843. 

670. Joseph 7 Wight (Joseph 6 , Joseph?, Jonathan*, Jonathan*, Henry' 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Aug- 
ust 8,1806, married in Otisfield, Me., June 1, 1829, Love, born May 14, 1806, daughter of 
Nathaniel and Mary (Smith) Scribner (Ridlon's Harrison, 109), of Otisfield. He was ordained 
in 1842, a free-will Baptist minister, preaching many years in Otisfield, and afterwards in 
Harrison, Me., — a conscientious, faithful Christian. His wife died March 18, 1883. He died 
in Harrison, near Bolster's Mills, January 16, 1887. 

CHILDREN. 

1561.— 1. Kaphira Ann, born in Poland, Me., February 6, 1880. 
1562.— 2. Nathaniel Scribner, born in Otisfield, July 21, 1832. 

671. Kaphira 7 Wight (Joseph 6 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan*, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
January 21, 1809, married 1833, Eleazar Bryant of Paris, Me., who died in 1840. She died 
childless March 6, 1838. I have accepted this date of her death as given by her father in 
1842, as more likely to be correct than the dates March 16 and March 29 of the same year, 
which have been offered as the true dates in later years. 

672. Betty 7 Wight (Benjamin 6 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
June 30. 1788, married probably at Otisfield, Me., June 19, 1807, Silas, son of Nathan and 
Rhoda (Lewis) Nutting of Otisfield, formerly of Groton, Mass. Silas was born February 22, 
1785, and died October 29, 1815. She married second, probably at Raymond, Me., February 
11, 1818, John, son of John and Lois (Moors) Noble of Raymond. John was born July 25, 
1795, was a farmer in Raymond and Otisfield, and died May 25, 1865. Betty died May 22, 
I860. The children of her first marriage were born in Otisfield; of her second were born in 
Raymond or Casco, as now situated. 



descendants. 



1. Eleanor 8 Nutting, born April 22, 1808. 

2. Frederic 8 Nutting, born November 24, 1809. 

3. George 8 Nutting, born November 26, 1811. 

4. Pyhoda 8 Nutting, born April 16, 1813. 

5. Nathan Barker 8 Noble, born November 22, 1818. 

6. Eliza Barker 8 Noble, born May 31, 1820. 

7. Lois Moors 8 Noble, born May 4, 1823. 

8. John Whiting 8 Noble, born July 17, 1826. 

9. Frances Emmeline 8 Noble, born March 2, 1829. 

10. Silas Nutting 8 Noble, born May 15, 1832. 

11. George Washington 8 Noble, born January 1, 1836. 



674. Ursula 7 Wight (Benjamin 6 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan*, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
August 19, 1792, married at Otisfield, January 14, 1821, Joshua, born January 21, 1794, son of 
Zebedee and Judith (Tucker) Perry of Norway, Me. Joshua was a farmer in Raymond and 
Sweden, Me., in which latter place he died September 29, 1875. "Ursula died March 28 .1867 
Her children were born in Raymond. 



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The Wights. 



DESCENDANTS. 

1. Jai'rus Ware" Perry, born December 18, 1821, entered Bowdoin College, having walked the 40 miles between 

Sweden and Brunswick, at his admission. He worked his way through college partly by teaching and 
graduated in the class of 1846. He entered upon the study of law at Andover, Mass., still adding to his 
support by teaching there. He was admitted to the bar at Salem, Mass., in 1849, and practiced there all his 
life. One of his partners was William C. Endicott, since Secretary of War. During 1858-64, he was in the 
Common Council of Salem. He was also interested in affairs pertaining to the state militia, and for some 
years was a member of General Sutton's military staff. He was a trustee of Bowdoin College, which institu- 
tion gave him the degree of LL.D. But his literary labors were the crowning glory of his life. His work, 
which the lawyers usually cite as Perry on Trusts, has become a standard authority in the law, and will 
remain as a lasting monument to his learning and ability. George F. Choate, editing in 1882 a new edition 
of this work in two volumes, recognizes in merited language, the great service to the legal profession, 
which Mr. Perry had rendered iu the composition of this text-book. Mr. Choate also notices the assistance 
received by him in preparing his edition of the work, from the author's son William Perry. Our author 
also edited Story's Equity Jurisprudence, a labor which he completed late in 1876, just prior to a visit to 
Europe for his health. The voyage accomplished no purpose, and he died of paralysis at his home in Salem 
August 27, 1877. He married in Salem, November 16,1854, Lucy Richardson Cloutman of that city, born 
Julv 25, 1830. 

1. William" Perry, born July 23, 1857. 

2. Lucy Ware 9 Perry, born August 22, 1860. 

2. Abigail Spurr* Perry, born April 19 (April 14, by some) 1S23, married in Bangor, Me,, Augusts, 1847, D. F. 

Smith. She died in Harrison, Me., June 2, 1870. 

3. Eunice Hancocks Perry, born April 19 (April 14, by some) 1823, married in Sweden October 22, 1848, Henry 

Tuck, born in Bradford-on-Avon. Eng., January 23, 1821. Present residence Plymouth, Hancock Co., 111. 

1. George Henry Tuck, born September 29, 1849, married June 6, 1879, AnnaS. Bell. Residence Plymouth. 

2. Alice Jane Tuck, born May 24, 1852, resides in Plymouth. 

8. Nathan Hazen Tuck, born December 23, 1853, married March 12, 1884, Alice Moore of Canton, Mo. 
Residence Plymouth. 

1. Edness Fern 10 Tuck, born January 7, 1885. 

2. Lawrence Herbert 10 Tuck, born March 24, 1S87. 

4. Charles Sumner" Tuck, born April 17, 1856, died October 3, 1860. 

5. Angela Maria" Tuck, born Januarv 2, 1858, resides in PIvmouth. 

6. Ida" Tuck, born August 20, 1859, died October 4, 1859. 

7. Charles Sumner Tuck, born November 12, 1860, is in employ at 116-120 Market street, Chicago. 

8. Edward Payson" Tuck, born February 17, 1862, resides in Plymouth. 

9. William Osgood" Tuck, born April 12, 1866, married in Plymouth, January 1, 1889, Cora A. Sapp. 

Resides there. 
10. Benjamin F. Perry" Tuck, born December 1, 1868, resides in Plymouth. 

4. Oliver Hazard* Perry, born March 13, 1825 (another writer : April 19, 1824) married in Otisfield December 30, 

1847, Sylvia Farrington 8 Wight (1609). 

1. Julia Wiugate" Perry, born April 23, 1851, married August 15, 1874, William Tower Hobart of Hingham. 

2. James Edward" Perry, born May 26, 1852, married March 11, 1875, Fanny Hersey of Hingham, Mass. 

1. Lizzie Frances 10 Perry, born in Pepperell, Mass., August 25, 1876. 

3. Willis Colby" Perry, born November 11, 1862. 

5. Alice Jane 8 Perry, August 22, 1827— March 23, 1847. 

6. Permelia Dunham 8 Perry, born June 28, 1829, married at Sweden August 9, 1855, B. B. Howe. 

1. Ernest P. 9 Howe, born January 3, 1857. 

2. Ellen M.° Howe, born May 6, 1858. 

3. Frank S.° Howe, born March 31, 1860. 

4. Joseph W.» Howe, born April 22, 1866. 

5. Ursula Wight" Howe, born December 5, 1870. 

7. Benjamin Franklin* Perry, born May 31, 1831, died at Cambridge, Mass., August 12, 1880; married at Cam- 

bridge, May 26, 1854, E. A. Plummer. 

1. Charles F.° Perry, born June 17, 1859. 

2. Alice E.» Perry, April 12, 1860— August 12, 1860. 

3. Lvman P." Perry, June 19, 1861— August 18, 1862. 

4. W"illiam H.» Perry, born February 13, 1863. 

8. Joseph Wights perry, born December 22, 1834, married at Waterford Me., May 29, 1859, C. P. Ellsworth. 

1. Mark E.» Perry, March 17, 1860— April 23, 1864. 

2. Ann P." Perry, born July 2, 1861. 

3. Mark E." Perry, born February 10, 1866. 

4. Mary A." Perry, born July 21, 1870. 

5. Alice L." Perry, born July 2, 1871. 

675. Jbrusha Hancock 7 Wight (Benjamin 6 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 ', Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , 
Thomas 1 ), born September 15, 1794, married at Otisfield November 12, 1812, Samuel, son of 
Stephen and Annie Sheppard (Houston) Knight of Otisfield, formerly of Falmouth, Me. 
Samuel was born July 1, 1792, in Otisfield, where all his children were born, and where he 
was in business as a brick and stone mason. He died May 13, 1868, and his widow died July 
2, 1878. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Benjamin Wight 8 Knight, born February 10, 1814. 

2. Martha Houston 8 Knight, born November 5, 1816. 

3. Elizabeth 8 Knight, born January 5, 1820. 

4. Minerva Elmore 8 Knight, born October 1, 1822. 

5. Samuel Amos 8 Knight, born May 6, 1825. 

6. Sarah Ann 8 Knight, born April 28, 1828. 

7. Zebulon 8 Knight, born October 16, 1830. 

8. Serena Elizabeth 8 Knight, born December 28, 1832. 

678. Sally 7 Wight (Benjamin , Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 , Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
December 8, 1801, married at Otisfield March 1, 1827, Otis, son of Timothy and Betsey Whit- 
ing (Ray) Fernald of Otisfield. Otis was born May 2, 1802, and was a wheelwright in Harri- 
son. Sally died August 23, 1883. Her children were born in Otisfield. 



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DESCENDANTS. 

1. Granville** Fernald, born January 23, 1828. 

2. Osborne 8 Fernald, born August 24, 1829. 

3. Eli 8 Fernald, born September 20, 1831, married Sarah Capen Cobb, born August 15, 1831, daughter of Winthrop 

and Marcia Grosveuor (Lyon) Cobb (1639), of New Gloucester, Me. Eli died in Lewiston, Me., September 1, 
1861, and his widow married Lewis 8 Wight (1636), and lives in Brookline, Mass. 

1. Nettie Florence 11 Fernald, born in Lewiston November 26, 1858; resides with her mother in Brookline. 

4. Nathaniel Scribner 8 Fernald, born December 22, 1834. 

680. Benjamin Franklin 7 Wight (Benjamin 6 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan' 6 , Henry 2 , 
Thomas 1 ), born September 27, 1806, married at Otisfield February 18, 1829, Rebecca Childs, 
daughter of Thomas and Betsey (Pope) Shedd of Otisfield, formerly of Roxbury and Dor- 
chester. Rebecca was born February 1, 1802, and died in Otisfield April 14, 1883. Benjamin 
was a farmer in Otisfield, where his children were born. He died July 28, 1882. 

CHILDREN. 

1563.— 1. Eleanor, born June 3, 1829, died unmarried at Otisfield, August 21, 1857. 

1564.— 2. Bettie, born July 26, 1831. 

1565.— 3. Tyra Ann, born May 14, 1833. 

1566.— 4. Charles Franklin, born April 9, 1835, a farmer in Otisfield, unmarried. 

1567.— 5. Elbridge, born March 13, 1837. 

1568. — 6. Jane Chadbourne, born September 10, 1839. 

1569. — 7. Sarah Patch, born September 10, 1839, unmarried. 

1570.— 8. Emily, born January 21, 1844. 

681. Dolly Ann 7 Wight (Benjamin 9 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan 1 , Jonathan 6 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born April 10, 1810, married at Otisfield June 7, 1827, George Whitefield, son of George and 
Eleanor (Hawkes) Barrows of Hebron. George W. was born October 15, 1805, and is a tanner 
in Otisfield. His wife died April 15, 1882. Their oldest child was born in Buckfield, Me., 
the remainder in Otisfield. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. George 8 Barrows, born April 13, 1829, enlisted in Co. H, 17th Maine, and fell at Gettysburg July 3, 1863. 

2. Horace 8 Barrows, born October 22, 1831. 

3. Mary Jane 8 Barrows, born September 21, 1834, married an Ilsley. 

4. Eleanor 8 Barrows, born March 12, 1837. 

5. William 8 Barrows, born June 4, 1839, enlisted in Co. D, 15th Maine, and died at Brazos Island, Texas, in De- 

cember, 1863, from disease contracted in the service. 

6. Clara Morse 8 Barrows, born June 19, 1841. 

682. Jane 7 Wight (Benjamin 6 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
September 10, 1813, married at Otisfield January 16, 1834, Humphrey, son of James Hobbs 
and Dorcas (Whitmore) Chadbourne of Otisfield. See 1548, 1551; Ridlon's Harrison, 41. 
Humphrey was born November 1, 1811, and died September 29, 1867. Jane died September 

15, 1838. Child, Henry Andrews 8 Chadbourne, born May 11, 1838, died August 10, 1838. 

683. James 7 Wight (James 6 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 

16, 1792, married at Holliston July 14, 1816, Margaret Trowbridge 7 Spurr (304) of Otisfield, 
Me. James was a manufacturer in Lowell, Mass., and died January 7, 1869. 

CHILDREN. 

1571 — 1. Sophronia, born in Holliston, November 23, 1816. 

1573 — 2. Elvas, born in Holliston, July 26, 1818, died July 29, 1825. 

1573 — 3. Julia, born in Holliston, March 12, 1820. 

1574. — 4. Abbie, born in Medway, June 13, 1822, unmarried. 

1575.— 5. Margaret, born in Medway, March 19, 1824, unmarried. 

1576.— 6. Antoinette, born in Lowell, March 4, 1828, unmarried. 

1577 — 7. James, born in Lowell, February 2, 1830. 

1578 — 8. William Henry, born in Lowell, March 14, 1832. 

1579 — 9. Henry Kirke, born in Lowell, October 24, 1833, died January 1, 1847. 
1580 — 10. George Henry, born in Lowell, February 5, 1836. 

1581.— 11. Edward Payson, born in Lowell, December 13, 1838, died August 11, 1839. 

684. Joseph Warren 7 Wight (James 6 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born August 13, 1794, married at Rockingham, Vermont, in 1818, Nancy, born in Rocking- 
ham June 4, 1797, daughter of William and Lydia (Burnett) Chamberlain of Westminster, Vt. 
Joseph was a farmer and machinist, and died in Lowell April 7, 1846. His widow died there 
March 23, 1868. All the children were born in Holliston, except the youngest. 

CHILDREN. 

1583.— 1. Irene Claflin, born October 23, 1818. 

1583 — 2. Jerusha Burnett, born July 9, 1820. 

1584 — 3. Nancy Chamberlain, born October 23, 1824. 

1585 — 4. Joseph Warren, born February 16, 1828. 

1586.— 5. Maey Eliza, born in Dracut, Mass., October 29, 1830, lives unmarried in Lowell. 

687. William 7 Wight (James 6 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
February 29, 1808, married in Holliston May 15, 1834, Joanna Bullard, born November 4, 1812, 
daughter of Titus and Esther (Whiting) Bullard of Holliston. (Morse's Sherborn and Holliston, 
38; Jameson's Medway, 459). Joanna died October 1, 1844. William married second at Hol- 
liston April 3, 1845, Lucy Sampson Lewis, born December 18, 1816, daughter of Daniel and 



158 The Wights. 



Lucy (Sampson) Lewis of Plymouth, Mass. Lucy died September 24, 1888. William is a 
farmer in Holliston, where his children were born. 

CHILDREN. 

1587.— 1. Henry Milton, born March 6, 1835, died October 28, 1844. 

1588 — 2. Jane Joanna, born July 11, 1S36. 

1589.— 3. Winthrop Anson, born January 29, 1843, died October 7, 1844. 

1590 — 4. Warren Porter, born January 1, 1847, died unmarried August 23, 1S72. 

1591 — 5. William Coleman, born October 27, 1849. 

1592 — 6. WlNSLOW Lewis, burn May 14, 1852. 

1593 — 7. Luvilla Estf.lla, born December 24, 1855, died December 9, 1862. 

1594 — 8. Elvas Sumner, born January 25, 1857, died December 9, 1862. 

6SS. Margaret Johnson 7 AVight (Thomas", Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 ', Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , 
Thomas 1 ), born July 21, 1798, married probably in Otisfield, in 1825, Samuel, son of James and 
Lydia (Hall) Morse of Poland, Me. Samuel was born in Paris, Me., May 23, 1800, and was a 
farmer in Poland and Oxford. Margaret died April 25, 1859; her husband, April 24, 1861. 
Their children were born in Oxford. 

descendants. 

1. Sylvia Jane s Morse, born October 7, 1S25. 

2. James Winthrop 8 Morse, born June 27, 1827. 

3. Samuel Johnson s Morse, born June 19, 1829. 

4. Hosea Ballou» Morse, September 27, 1833— June 21. 1869. 

689. Joseph Warren 7 Wight {Tliomas , Joseph 5 Jonathan 4 , Jonathan 8 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born May 11, 1800, married at Otisfield October 10, 1833, Mary Johnson Winship, daughter of 
Daniel and Deborah (Eandall) Winship of Otisfield, formerly of Gorham, Me. Mary was 
born in Gorham March 7, 1810. Joseph was a farmer in Otisfield, where his children were 
born. He died March 23, 1880. 

CHILDREN. 

1595.— 1. Sophronia Leach, born September 4, 1834. 
1596. — 2. Marshall Mellen, born February 23. 1837. 
1597. — 3. Adaline Tewksbury, born Jnne 3, 1839. 
1598 — 4. Hannibal Houghton, born June 23, 1841. 

690. Sylvia 7 Wight {Thomas 1 ', Joseph 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 9 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
April 11, 1802, married in Otisfield, Isaac Wardwell Farrington, son of Benjamin and Sally 
( Ward well) Farrington of Otisfield, formerly of Salem, Mass. Isaac was born in Otisfield 
October 18, 1800. Sylvia died in Otisfield, probably in May, 1825, at the childbirth of a daugh- 
ter, who died at the same time. Isaac died at Oxford, Me., August 14, 1878. 

691. Mary Ann 7 Wight {Thomas", Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 , Jonathan?, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
March 19, 1804, married at New York in 183-, James A. Arrowsmith of New York. She died 
in Otisfield June 24, 1863. She had Eben A. 8 Arrowsmith, who died unmarried July 26, 1860, 
aged 28 years and 3 months, and Trvphenia 8 Arrowsmith, who married a Woodbury and died 
aged 20, October 23, 1854. 

694. Sarah 7 Wight {Thomas 6 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 , Jonathan 6 , Henry 2 , Tliomas 1 ), born May 
16, 1810, married probably in Otisfield, Jacob Littlefield, born in Boscawen, N. H., June 18, 
1813. Sarah died November 27, 1867. Jacob is a shoemaker in Bridgton, Me., where their 
five youngest children were born. The destruction of their records by the burning of their 
home, prevents completer details. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Sarah Evelines Littlefield, born in Bethel, Me., , 1833. 

2. Hannah Wight 1 * Littlefield, born in Alexandria, N. H., , 1836. 

3. Mary Jane 8 Littlefield, born in Boscawen, October 25, 1838. 

4. Alonzo 8 Littlefield, born in Alexandria. November , 1840. 

5. Melissa 8 Littlefield, born in Bridgewater N. H., , 1842. 

6. David Marshall* Littlefield, born , 1845. 

7. Nathaniel Swett 8 Littlefield, born November , 1847. 

8. Jesse Dunham 1 * Littlefield, born December , 1849. 

9. Joseph Wight* Littlefield, born , 1851. 

10. Amelia Elizabeth 8 Littlefield, born , 1853. 

695. Thomas 7 Wight {Tliomas®, Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 , Jonathan 9 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
February 23, 1812, is a lumberman in Maine; unmarried. In early life he was a sailor. Mr. 
Emery ("Mark Taplev," 153, 306), has printed in the Oxford (Me.) County Advertiser of 
March 20, 1885, " Reminiscences of the Lake Country," in which the hunting and trapping 
feats of Thomas and his brother David are commemorated. Both of these young men inher- 
ited to some extent their father's peculiarities; both told odd tales and quaint maxims with 
profound gravity; both were quick of wit, keen of temper and cool of head. 

696. Mark Knight 7 Wight {Thomas , Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 , Jonathan 9 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born March 29, 1814, married at Otisfield December 13, 1854, Betsey, born November 18, 1831, 
daughter of Simeon and Annie (Forbes) Brackett of Peru, Me. He was a farmer, and his 
children were born in Otisfield, but he died in Baker Township, Kansas, August 17, 1878. 



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CHILDREN. 

1599.— 1. Samuel Willaed, born January 28, 1855; nothing told. 
1600.— 2. Margaret Jane, born November 18, 1858, died December 5. 1862. 
1601 3. Albert Leslie, born December 20, 1867; nothing told 

Note. I cannot forbear printing this newspaper anecdote of Mark and his father, " Uncle Tom Wight " : 
Many of our readers are conversant of the fact that during his declining years Thomas Wight deeded his 
old homestead to his son, Mark, and built him a house on the west side of the road, where he dwelt with his 
daughter. At this time Mark owned a mare named Fan, a most beautiful animal, the pride of her master and 
the pet of the entire family. One morning Uncle Tom asked Mark if he would loan him Fan to ride to Oxford Vil- 
lage to buy a little tobacco. " Why, certainly, father," replied Mark, " When do you want to go?" " Now," 
said the old man, " and what will you charge ine for the use of Fan?" "Thirty cents," said Mark. "Well, here 
is your money," replied the father, "please harness the beast." Uncle Tom donned his big cap, and after bind- 
ing about his waist a stout piece of rope, he placed on his arm a small basket containing a pipe, a flint and piece 
of steel, as he discarded matches, a piece of bread and cheese, an almanac, and an old singing book. This con- 
stituted his outfit, and he was then ready. Fan impatiently champed her bit, beating the turf with her foot, as 
if eager to be off. " Be still, Fan," said Mark, in his stern, sharp voice, " Betsey and I are not going to-day; the 
old man is going, so be quiet." The intelligent animal rubbed her finely moulded head against the shoulder of 
her masier, and then lovingly caressed him with her fine muzzle, as much as to say, "I understand," and then 
stood perfectly quiet. Uncle Tom was soon seated in the wagon, and seizing the reins with a nervous grip he 
ordered Fan to use moderation, as he was a poor old man. Fan, well knowing her business, and contrary to her 
usual custom, assumed an ambling, mincing pace, and soon disappeared behind the adjacent hill. When the old 
man arrived at his destination, he drove straight to the hotel and ordered the hostler to unladen the beast, groom 
and take good care of her till called for. He then went to Mr. Baker's, completed his purchase, took his basket 
on his arm and started homeward on foot. "Where is Fan?" inquired Mark as he saw his father approaching, 
pretty well tired out. " She is at Oxford," quietly returned the father. "What, sick?" "Oh, no; she was well 
when I left her." " Why didn't you bring her home?" " Why, the thing is I had no right to; I merely hired her 
to ride to Oxford, and not home." Mark saw and fully appreciated the joke. Laughing heartily hestarted for 
Oxford on foot, a distance of four miles, claimed his mare, and after paying the bill drove quietly home without 
a word of complaint. 

607. David Marshall 7 Wight (Thomas®, Joseph 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 8 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born July 13, 1817, married at Grafton, Me., July 14, 1843, Kosetta Marcia, daughter of Wil- 
liam and Hannah (Fernald) Emerv of Poland, Me. Kosetta was born in Oxford, Me., August 
9, 1822. They both died in Oxford in the year 1858; he, February 9, and she October 9. He 
was a farmer, but was always ready to accompany his brother Thomas in his hunts for the 
moose and the bear. See 695. 

CHILDREN. 

1 602 — 1. James Polk, born in Grafton. July 29, 1844. 

1603 — 2. Samuel Knight, born in Grafton, April 17, 1847. 

1604.— 3. Ronello Lemuel, born in Greenwood, January 9, 1849. 

1605 — 4. Ruth Augusta, born in Greenwood, August 8, 1851, died February 9, 1852. 

1606.— 5. Henry Francis, born in Greenwood, February 11, 1854. 

1607 — 6. Ida Maecia, born in Oxford, February 14, 1856; nothing told. 

1608 — 7. Charles Marshall, born in Oxford, August 10. 185S. 

699. James 7 Wight [Nathan , Joseph 5 , Jonathan 41 , Jonathan 8 , Henry' 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
April 19, 1800, married at Otisfield, May 13, 1824, Permelia Bobbins Dunham, born October 
29, 1807, daughter of Jesse and Elizabeth (Hapgood) Dunham of Otisfield. James was a 
famer in Otisfield, where all his children were born and where he died June 13, 1871. 

children. 

1609 — 1. Sylvia Farrington, born July 11,1825. 

1610 — 2. Jesse Dunham, born April 25, 1827, died December 12, 1832. 

1611 — 3. Joseph Perley, born March 16, 1829. 
1612.— 4. Lucy Dunham, born June 3, 1831. 
1613.— 5. Mary Jordan, born November 10, 1S32. 

1614 — 6. Jesse Dunham, born January 17, 1834. 

1615 — 7. Annie Maria, born November 6, 1835. 

1616 — S. Abigail Louisa, born June 20, 1837 died April 16, 1S4S. 

1617 — 9. Melinda Perley, born August 13, 1839. 
1618 — 10. Permelia Dunham, born June 23, 1841. 
1619.— 11. James Colby, born March 27, 1843. 
1620.— 12. Albert Libby, born September 22, 1845. 

700. Eliphalet 7 Wight (Nathan , Joseph 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 8 , Henry", Thomas 1 ), born 
February 16, 1802, married at Otisfield September 5, 1824, Cordelia Cushman Dunham, born 
October 25, 1805, sister of Permelia (699). Eliphalet's children were born in Otisfield, where 
he was a farmer. His wife died November 26, 1851. He then married in Poland, Me., July 
5, 1853, Mary Ann, born June 12, 1812, daughter of William and Abigail (Pottle) Allen of 
Poland. (As to Allen see Little's Little Family, 46) . Eliphalet died in Otisfield October 16, 1869. 
He was a deacon in the Second Free Baptist church in Otisfield, from his election, February 
11, 1832, until his death. He was early interested in the question of American slavery, and 
with the church of which he was a member, denounced the wrong at a day when to be 
called an abolitionist was to receive an epithet of opprobrium. 

children. 

1621.— 1. Elizabeth Aeigail, born August 2, 1825. 

1622.— 2. Infant, born August 2, 1825, died same day. 

1623.— 3. Nathan Eliphalet, born August IS, 1S26. 

1634 — 4. Clement Phinney, born April 13, 1828. 

1625 — 5. Cordelia Ann, born December 28, 1S30, died same day. 



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1626 — 6. Lewis, born July 27, 1832. 

1637.— 7. Freeman, born October 3, 1834. 

1638.— 8. Nathaniel Brackett, born May 12, 1837, died unmarried November 14, 1867. 

1629 — 9. Joseph Franklin, born June 10, 1839. 

1630 — 10. Frances Enmeline, born June 10, 1839. 

1631.— 11. Peter Jordan, born March 20, 1842, died August 2G, 1848. 

1632.— 12. Almon, born September 29, 1846. 

Note. Reproduction of handwriting of Eliphalet Wight : 




701. Mary 7 Wight (Nathan , Joseph 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Jan- 
uary 14, 1804, married Peter Jordan, born October 10, 1799, son of William and Anna (Leach) 
Jordan of Eaymond. Peter was a farmer and lumber dealer, residing in Eaymond, where 
his children were born. He died in Windham, Me., December 18, 1873; his widow died in 
Windham, November 7, 1875. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1- Anns Jordan, February 25, 1827— September 3C, 1841. 

2. Mark 8 Jordan, born June 22, 1828, a farmer and lumber dealer in Deering, Me.; married in Portland January, 

1860, Sarah, born May 3, 1836, daughter of Joshua and Sally (Hill) Hanson, of Windham. Children: 
William Emmons", born July 23, 1861; Isabel 9 , born June 4, 1865; and Frederick Sidney* Jordan, born Feb- 
ruary 26, 1867. 

3. James Newton 8 Jordan, September 25, 1829 — June, 1830. 

4. Frederick Nutting 8 Jordan, born March 7, 1831, unmarried. 

702. Nathan 7 Wight (Nathan , Joseph 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
December 27, 1S05, married in Gray, Me., May 17, 1830, Syrena, born March 19, 1803, daugh- 
ter of Levi and Sarah (Hicks) Lane of Gray. Nathan was a farmer in Otisfield, where his 
children were born and where he died April 20, 1862. His widow died in North Yarmouth, 
Maine, February 11, 1872. 

CHILDREN. 

1633.— 1. Alfred Austin, born July 20, 1831, died unmarried in Otisfield March 20, 1865. 
1634.— 2. Phanelia Mayall, born November 11, 1837. 

703. Susan 7 Wight (Nathan 6 , Joseph 6 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
December 23, 1806, married at Otisfield September 7, 1826, Daniel, born October 18, 1802, son 
of Edward and Sarah (Moody) Scribner, of Otisfield (Ridlon's Harrison, 109). He is a farmer 
in Harrison. Susan died in Otisfield February 26, 1844. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Ann 8 Scribner, born in Otisfield January 8, 1828. 

2. Clara 8 Scribner, born in Otisfield October 10, 1829. 

3. Eaton 8 Scribner, born in Otisfield August 29, 1831. 

4. Sarah 8 Scribner, born in Otisfield September 1, 1833. 

5. Allen 8 Scribner, born in Harrison February 28, 1838. 

704. Eunice 7 Wight (Nathan , Joseph 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
January 29, 1810, married at Otisfield April 6, 1826, Robert, born May 4, 1801, son of Robert 
and Christiana (Gammon) Knight of Otisfield. Robert was a farmer in Otisfield, where their 
children were born. Eunice died in Otisfield, October 1, 1841; Robert died in West Haven, 
Conn., March 10, 1872. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Emmeline 8 Knight, March 5, 1827— September 24, 1828. 

2. Prances Ann Collins 8 Knight, born August 27, 1828. 

3. Robert Albert 8 Knight, born June 8, 1830. 

4. Emmeliue 8 Knight, December 14, 1831— , 1847. 

5. Harriet Maria 8 Knight, born March 22, 1834. 

6. Peter Jordan 8 Knight, born January 30, 1836. Was in gunboat service during the. rebellion, and died October 

30, 1863, at Roanoke Island, from wounds received there. 

7. Bennett Bray 8 Knight, November 10, 1837— September 26, 1859. 

8. Mary Abigail 8 Knight, born August 7, 1839, married at Niagara Falls March 28, 1858, Dana Warren Hartshorn, 

of Walpole, Mass. He graduated at Harvard Medical School March 4, 1854, practiced in Dedham till 1857, 
atUrbana, Ohio till 1861, when he was appointed by President Lincoln Brigade Surgeon; and for efficient 
service at Fort Donelson was promoted to General C. F. Smith's staff, and then medical director to General 
Sherman. In 1864 he left the service and began practice in Cincinnati; was one of the originators of the 
Pulti Medical College of that city, incorporated in 1872, and filled the chair of anatomy until 1878, when he 
was made dean. He has since held the chair of surgery and surgical diseases of women. He resides in 
Avondale, and practices in Cincinnati. 

1. Dana Warren 8 Hartshorn, born in Cincinnati July 27, 1877. 



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705. Joseph Blake 7 Wight (Nathan 6 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 ', Jonathan 9 , Henry' 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born March 26, 1812, married at Hollis, Maine, December 7. 1834, Elizabeth Atkinson Dunn, 
daughter of Moses and Louisa (Elden) Dunn of Hollis, where Elizabeth was born October 11, 
1815. Joseph died in Oldtown, Me., May 6, 1842. 

CHILD. 

* 

1635.— 1. Joseph Franklin, born April 30, 1836, died in Portland July 11, 1837. 

706. William Lewis 7 Wight (Nathan 6 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born May 26, 1815, married at Boston March 9, 1842, Sarah Noyes Brown, daughter of William 
and Sally (Hawes) Brown of Union, Me. Sarah was born January 7, 1820. William was a 
mason and builder in Boston. He died in Otisfield January 3, 1851; his widow died in Bos- 
ton March 30, 1857. Their children were born in Boston. 

CHILDREN. 

1636.— 1. Charlotte Deborah, born December 1, 1842, died in Boston August 14, 1843. 
1637.— 2. Sarah Noyes, born March 24, 1844, died in Otisfield October 14, 1849. 

1638 3. Mary Susan, born July 20, 1845, died in Boston October 21, 1845. 

1639.— 4. Mary Jordan, born September 23, 1846, lives unmarried in Portland. 
1640. — 5. William Lewis, born December 30, 1847, died in Boston August 1, 1848. 
1641.— 6. Martha, born January 3, 1850, died in Boston April 24, 1850. 

707. Abigail Hancock 7 Wight (Nathan 6 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born December 26, 1817, married at Windham, Maine, February 2, 1841, Gilbert, born August 
31, 1811, son of Elijah and Abigail (Horr) Potter of Bridgton, Me. Abigail died in Windham 
October 8, 1851, aged, as her tombstone says, 33"years, 11 months and 9 days. Her husband 
died at Brandon, Mississippi, in August, 1862. See Potter's Potter Families, Part I, 16. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Algernon Sidney* Potter, born in Brownfield, Me., October 20, 1841, married January 7, 1873, Flora E., born in 

1848, daughter of Leonard and Abby M. Grant, and has Albert Lincoln 11 Potter, born March 11, 1874, and 
Arthur Sidney 8 Potter, born April 24, 187S. 

2. Gilbert Franklin 8 Potter, "born in Boston, Mass., May 21, 1843, died unmarried June 8, 1868. 

3. Granville 8 Potter, born in Brownfield April 29, 1845, died January 1, 1846. 

4. Melville 8 Potter, born in Brownfield April 29, 1845; is dead. 

708. Jerusha Hancock 7 Wight (Nathan 6 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 -, Jonathan 8 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born February 4, 1820, married at Otisfield January 2, 1840, Edward Hawke Shaw, born June 
14, 1817, son of Nathaniel and Martha (Hawke) Shaw of Otisfield, Me. Mr. Shaw is a farmer 
in Buckfield, Me., where his children were born. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Franklin Joseph 8 Shaw, born October 17, 1840. 

2. Burton 8 Shaw, March 26, 1842— May 12, 1876. 

3. Emily 8 Shaw, born May 4, 1844. 

4. Milford Norton 8 Shaw, born September 22, 1846, died in the United States' service at New Orleans May 5, 1864 

5. Asa Robinson 8 Shaw, March 4, 1850— July 18, 1868. 

709. Elvira 7 Wight (Jonathan 6 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 -, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , TJiomas 1 ), born 
April 16, 1807, married at Naples, Me., in 1842, Eev. Hugh, born July 18, 1803, son of John and 
Olive (Edwards) McQuillan of Gorbam, Me. Hugh died in Casco, April 14, 1861; his widow 
died in Yarmouth, Me., November 27, 1881. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Rufus H. 8 McQuillan, born in Naples November 18, 1841, enlisted May 24, 1862, in Co. G, 1st Regt. U. S. Inft.: 

was at Second Bull Run, Antietam, South Mountain, First Fredericksburg and Siege of Vicksburg. After 
his discharge at New Orleans May 24, 1865, he engaged in lumber business, and has a mill in Yarmouth, Me. 
He married at Raymond, Me., March 7, 1874, Alma B. Sawyer, and has a child. 
1. Hugh Dean 9 McQuillan, born in Yarmouth November 16, 1881. 

2. George F. 8 McQuillan, born in Naples April 18, 1849, Bowdoin 1875. After holding minor offices he was ap- 

pointed June 3, 1881, Judge Advocate General on the Governor's staff, with the rank of Colonel. He served 
in this capacity until January 3, 1883. He is practicing law in Portland. 

3. Eliza A. 8 McQuillan, born in Naples; resides in Portland unmarried. 

Note. Hugh McQuillan was born in Gorham, and was the son of John and Olive (Edwards) McQuillan, of 
Gorham. John died in 1807, and his widow in 1820. Hugh was educated by a gentleman in Windham, and 
became a Christian Baptist minister. The McQuillans claim descent from theMcQuillans who entered Ireland 
with the early English adventurers, and were lords over a large district in northern Ireland. As late as Queen 
Elizabeth's time they were lords of Dunluce, but were dispossessed. 

710. Hermon 7 Wight (Jonathan 6 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 -, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
July 14, 1808, married at Oldtown, Me., April 7, 1833, Elizabeth, born in Argyle, Me., July 
11, 1814, daughter of Philip Pierce and Priscilla (Dyer) Richardson, of Eddington, Me. Her- 
mon is a farmer in Naples, Me., where his children were born. 

CHILDREN. 

1642.— 1. Mary Elizabeth, born April 14, 1834. 

1643.— 2. Edwin Tabor, born February 26, 1836. 

1644.— 3. Caroline, born November 70, 1837, died November 28, 1839. 

1645 4. Edward Hermon, born January 31, 1840. 

1646.— 5. Caroline Augusta, born February 8, 1842. 

1647 — 6. Alwilda Stene, born October 10, 1844, died unmarried December 20, 1872. 
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162 The Wights. 

1648 — 7. Samuel Perley, born November 21, 1846, died September 24, 1863. 

1649.— 8. Sarah Chaplin, born August 12, 1848. 

1650.— 9. Charles Plautville, born November 16, 1850. 

1651 — 10. David Ray, born April 9, 1853. 

1653 — 11. Flora Maria, born September 7, 1855, died October 24, 1863. 

711. Pkiscilla Loud 7 Wight (Jonathan , Joseph 5 , Jonathan*, Jonailian 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born April 7, 1810, married at Naples, Me., March 26, 1844, Robert Andrews Chaplin, of Naples, 
born June 26, 1S05, son of John and Margaret (Chaplin) Chaplin, of Naples. Robert died 
January 31, 1878; no children. 

712. Abigail Ware 7 Wight {Jonathan 6 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan 41 , Jonathan*, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born March 10, 1812, married at Sebago, Me., January 15, 1835, Stephen, born in Denmark, Me., 
December 17, 1809, son of Stephen and Hannah (Hale) Barker, of Bridgton, formerly of 
Andover, Mass. Stephen, Jr., was a farmer in Naples, and died April 6, 1880. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1 Pophronia AlindaS Barker, February 28, 1836— September 18, 1852. 

2 Pamelia Amanda* Barker, born December 19, 1(^37. 

3. Mary Abigail* Barker, born July 25, 1839. 

4. Mercy Elvira* Barker, born June 10, 1841. 

5. Jonathan Edwards* Barker, born September 12, 1843. 

6. Thomas Jefferson* Barker, September 28, 1846— January 25, 1858. 

7. Washington Irving* Barker, born February 12, 1855. 

714. Olive 7 Wight (Jonathan?, Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 , Jonathan 9 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
February 22, 1817, married at Naples, Me., April 28, 1844, Moses, born April 12, 1809, son of 
Moses and Mary (Ingalls) Parker, of Standish, Me. The family lived in Baldwin, Me., where 
the children were born. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Mary Susan* Parker, December 12, 1844— December 10, 1848. 

2. Charles Dana* Parker, born June 14, 1846, served 18 months in 31st Maine regiment in the war of 1861. 

3. Emma* Parker, August 8, 1847— October 18, 1873 

4. Joseph Edward* Parker, born March 29, 1849. 

5. Clifton Fillmore* Parker, born January 16, 1851. 

6. Ella May* Parker, born October 7, 1853. 

7. Daughter, February 21, 1856— March 9, 1856. 

8. Minnie* Parker, born July 19, 1858. 

715. David Ray 7 Wight (Jonathan 6 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan' 1 , Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born September 7, 1819, married at Naples, March 11, 1849, Sarah Emerson Chaplin, born 
July 29, 1820, daughter of John and Lydia (Knowles) Chaplin of Naples. David was a farmer 
in Naples and died childless April 10, 1853. 

716. Joseph 7 Wight (Jonathan 6 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 -, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
June 20, 1822, married at Sebago, Me., November 28, 1844, Elizabeth Sedgl'ey Irish, born Sep- 
tember, 1824, daughter of Asa and Patience (Rankins) Irish of Limerick, Me. Joseph enlisted 
April 25, 1861, in Co. A, 5th Maine regiment, was commissioned Second Lieutenant March 8, 
1862, was promoted to First Lieutenant of Co. E, same regiment, in January, 1863, and was 
mustered out July 28, 1864, at the expiration of his enlistment. He is a carpenter and builder 
at Las Vegas, New Mexico. 

CHILDREN. 

1653.— 1. Louise Maria, born at Sebago, September 4, 1846. 

1654 2. Irvett Larrabee, born at Sebago, October 27, 1849. 

1655. — 3. Eugene Milton, born at Naples, September 2, 1852. 

1656.— 4. George Walter, born at Naples, July 12, 1857, unmarried. 

1657.— 5. Jennie Josephine, born at Gorham, February 10, 1862. 

1658. — 6. Charles Plautville, born at Gorham, November 10, 1865, unmarried. 

717. Nathan 7 Wight (Jonathan 6 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 , Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
September 23, 1824, married at Sebago May 13, 1849, Susan Gray Irish, born April 11, 1830, 
daughter of Asa and Patience (Rankins) Irish of Limerick, Me. (716). Nathan enlisted in 
Co. A, 5th Maine regiment, February 9, 1864; was wounded in the Wilderness, was at Appo- 
mattox when General Lee surrendered, and was mustered out July 6, 1865. He is a stone 
mason in Westbrook (Cumberland Mills post office), Maine. 

children. 

1659 1. Howard Elmore, born in Sebago, November 20, 1849. 

1660. — 2. Emma Catherine, born in Buxton, February 8, 1854, died December 26, 1854. 

719. Addison 7 Wight (Jonathan 6 , Joseph 5 , Jonathan 4 -, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
August 18, 1829, married at Presque Isle, Maine. It is not known that he had any children 
and the name and whereabouts of his widow are unknown. He enlisted in a Maine regi- 
ment and died in the service at Pensacola, Fla., May 5, 1863. 

720. Mary 7 Wight (Timothy 6 , Timothy 5 , Jonathan 4 , Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
1796, married Stephen Holland. No children. 



Additional records for "The Wights* toy 
William Ward Wight, Milwaukee, Wis. 



7 

Dependents of Joseph Wight (716) 

8 
compiled by Jennie -J. Wight Howes (165V) 

North Andover, Mass. 



5ecember, 19^7 . 



8 

Descend ents of Louise aria i ht (1653) who married 

James r ebb Little i born Jan, 4, 1840, died Aug, ^3, 1918, 

leir Children. 
9 

1, Mary Louise born April 16, 3 , lamed i3t tellia rench, 

July 4, 1887, i ho died Get. 1868. She married 2nd 

Jenry S. Jeffords, July 4, 1895, who died may, 1909, 

She married 3rd Aivah Brown* July 26, 1924« 

7 Ier children by net second husuand were, 

10 

1. Madeline Elizabeth Jefferds, 'born April 5, 1897, 

irried dwa: . Putjity Sept. 1";, 1917, one ohild 

11 
rn b o m *■ u/ . 13, 1920, 
10 

2. Marry Bri ~m Jeffords, born Get. 15, 1898, i arried 

11 
Litb Walker July 25, 1924, one ohild Geneva born 

July 15, 1924, 

9 

2, Bertha, who led in infancy, 

9 

3, Albert Paul, born Jan, 18, 1874, died c>v, 4, 1926, He 

larried 31ara g, Lemrjars Ju3 , 189-6% Heir 

children ^ere, 
10 

1, Bra i lie Louise, born Aug, 30, 1897, 

10 

2, Norman Albert, born Jan, 1£, 1899, Eilled 6 ttle 

of Lame, France, July 17, 1918, 

10 

3, Clara Vida, bom March 6, I9C0, married garl Abner 

11 
Jenness Lay 25, 1918, ons child, an Albert Lorn 

June 10, 1920, 
10 

4, Robert Paul, born , 1914, 

9 

4, Alfred Jamis, born Sept, 12, l v., r i< art 1 : riser 

arch, 190(f, Their chi!4ren were, 
10 
1, Lincol co , born May 1, 1901, 

10 
. Grant ilton, J, 1901, died in infanoy. 



ff 



s 

►•'Descendants of Lousia Maria Wight (165 J) continued. 



10 

3, Geneva lrvett, born Aug, 25, 1903, died young, 

10 

4, Myrtle tivelyn, bom Sept, 25, 1905, married Henry 

11 
H, '-'idger, March 31, 1923, c 9 "?on Ralph Henry, 

born Cot, 16, 1924* 

10 

5, Myrle Raymond, bom so, 53, 1907, 

10 

6, uuise, born - >r, 1, 190$, marrie -Iter 

Forward, ev, 16, 1926* 

10 

7, J] »er illiam, bom Sept, 9, 1911, 

10 

8, Jdith, feom Sept, 9, 1911, l I in iufancyi 

10 

9, Rodney, born Sept, 17, 1913, died young. 



A 



8 
Descendents cf irvett L. -.Vight (1654) and 

John Mil liken, --lrve :t L. died Dec, 9, 1903 -- 

Jhildren. 
9 

1. Arthur "^1'i'itville, born Jin. lb, 1870 at So, indham, ^e. 

lurried June 4, 1900 r it :.elrose, ..^ss, to Sophie ^rosoy, 

daughter cf Jeremiah in Annie ( -ishDurn) CrosLy, Lorn 

Larch 27, 1868 in .^ast-oort, Ke, »-Two children, 

10 

1. Le Koy Crosby, born October 27, 1904 in Lelro3e. 

10 

2. May '.Jlise, born June 19, 1907 in ^elrose. 

9 

2. Bertha Louise, born July ^0, 1872, married in ...alden, L,ass. 

10 
Oct, 8, 1906 tc -,lmer Harrington, one child, ^lls??orth, 

born Dec. 29, 1910. 

9 

3. Grace Eugenia, born Jan, 13, 1L74, carried in Maiden, Lass, 

Sent, 3, 1900 to Joseph A, Ileal, Children, 

10 

1, Arthur H. born Apr, 2, 1902, married July 20, 1926 to 

tta Acnes Boston, 
10 

2, irvett L, born June 20, 1906, married July 20, 1926 to 

11 
Jarleton J, nines, one son, Stanley Joseph, born June 

29, 1927. 
10 

3, Anna i, torn Acr, 7, 1913. 

9 

4. Fanny Lord, bom March 20, 1879, sarrie igust, 1916 to 

Roland Botsford *?ho died )ec, 1925, no children. 

9 

5. Josenhine, born May 16, lb85, in Luxton, Me, married in 

Providence, R, i. 1909 to irvi :;. B an o reft. our Children. 

10 

1. Ilarguerite, born June 10, 1910. 

10 

2. Ella i, .orn Jan. 2, 1911, 

10 

3. Virginia, be m July 18, 1912. 

10 

4. John, i ;in IToT, 16, 191b. 



No* 1655, Eugene Milton 8 Wight ( Joseph', Jonathan , Joseph^, 
Jonathan 1 ", Jonathan-^, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 Jborn September 2, 1852, 
married at Portsmouth, N. H. , November 28, 1876 Leora LaFond, 
daughter of Stephen and Lucy (Greenlaw) Hart, born July 28, 1854 
at Eton, N. H. 

2629 1. Clement Paul, born at Gorham, Me. October 31, 1878. 

2630 2. Lena Irvett, born at Gorham, Me. January 17, 1880. 
3. Ethel May, born at Gorham, Me. April 2, 1885. 

Clement Paul Wight (Eugene Milton , Joseph?, Jonathan^, 
Joseph*, Jonathan^", Jonathan-' , Henry 2 , Thomas') born 
October 3t, 1878, married at Brunswick, Me. September 3, 
1914 Llna Gertrude, daughter of Thomas and Amy (Lunt) 
Jones, born February 24, 1884 at Brunswick, Me. 

Children f 
U Ruth Esther, born at Old Orchard, Me., October 28, 19 15 

2. Clement Paul'? born at Old Orchard, Me. October 15, 19 18 

3. Cynthia Pauline** Born at Old Orchard, Me. August 13, 1922 



Jo. 1656 George W. 8 Wight , married Harriet Walker in Kinsley, 
Kansas, and died April 14, 1895 leaving no children 






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1. tide pie, anuary 12, . Tfajbucuel , THU4 . 

] ote. Je mie J. Wigh He is a 

ciety ot Mayflower Descen&ents (State Ho. 3174) 
tracing : . li c nine { s as 

! ] S , 

9th. Joseph, j'/ight (716) s .< Iliza i S. Irish. 

8th, Asa Irish a Patience ^ r> in'. 

l« Ot a<3 iah Iris ] • . )es 

6th, J <'- c- j. ish an cy Gi Phi l ey. 

5th. Capt. John Phinney = ■ tha Dolman, 

h, Jo.hn Phi i ; = = h L 

3. Joh i Phin iey - ary 3 s. 

„ Jose h Ha i = h ----.-.--, 

1st. Thomas o, s '-- 3 .- is 



8 7 6 5 

1658, -Charles Plantville Wight (Joseph, Jonathan, Joseph, 
4 3 2 1 
Jonathan, Jonathan, Henry, Thomas.) born November 10, 1865, 

married at Newmarket, H, H., October 3, 1888. Elizabeth Adeline , 

born Anril 11, 1869, daughter of Manly Peckham, and Hannah (Veils) 

Barber of Washington, R, 1. 

Children 

1. '/alter Barber, Dorn at Newmarket, N. H. 
Hay 7, 1890. 

2. Harold, born at Maiden, Mass. June 16, 1698. 

3. Donald, born at Maiden, Mass. June 16, 1898. 

4. Bertha Elizabeth, born at l.ialden, Mass. 

Feb. 28, 1904. 

9 8 7 

'/alter Barber Wight (Charles Plantville, Joseph, 
6 5 4 3 2 1 
Jonathan, Joseph, Jonathan, Jonathan, Henry, Thomas.) born 

Hay 7, 1890, married at FraiAingham, Mass., Oct, 6, 1913, Aita 

Louise, born May 7, 1889, daughter of William Fisher and Flora 

(Focte) Richardson of Framingham, Mass, 

Children 

1; Walter Barber, Jr., born at Framingham, 

Ihss, August 15, 1920. 
9 8 7 6 

Donald Wight (Charles Plantville, Joseph, Jonathan, 
5 4 3 2 1 
Joseph, Jonathan, Jonathan, Henry, Thomas.) born June 16, 1898, 

married at Atlantic, Q,uincy, Bass., Sept. 9, 1920, Grace Regina, 

born Feb. 13, 1901, daughter of Albert Massena and Jennie l.ay 

(Wentzell) Ballou of Dorchester, Boston, Mass. 

Children 

10 

1, Albert Baroer, corn at Atlantic, Q,uincy, 

ass. June 16, 1921, 



Seventh Generation. 163 



721. Asa 7 Wight (Timothy , Timothy 7 ', Jonathan*, Jonathan 8 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 

, volunteered as a private in Captain Gould's company, Colonel Sweet's regi- 
ment, in the war of 1812. His regiment went to Hallowellhead as coast-guard. He married 
Martha Philbrick. Upon her death he married the second time at Mt. Vernon, Me., April 
1, 1829, Louisa Smith. Asa lived in Vienna, Me., all his life, and died February 2, 1874. He 
had two sons and four daughters. His widow was seventy years of age in 1878, and was then 
living at Mt. Vernon, Kennebec Co., Me. 

722. Nancy 7 Wight (Timothy , Timothy", Jonathan*, Jonathan 5 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 

, married Stephen Morrill, but had no children. She is dead. 

723. John 7 Wight (Timothy , Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 5 , Henry' 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 

, married a Reed and had two children. He was living in April, 1882. 

724. Lois 7 Wight {Timothy , Timothy 5 , Jonathan 1 , Jonathan?, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 

, married a Lovell and had four daughters. She married again and had 
two sons and one daughter. She is dead. 

729. Abbie 7 Wight (Eliphalet , Timothy 5 , Jonathan 1 , Jonathan 5 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
November 1, 1802, married Lemuel Crockett and was living in Winthrop, Me., in 1882. They 
had Eliphalet 8 , Mary 8 , Horace 8 , Eliza 8 , Delia s , George 8 and Abbie 8 Crockett, of whom three 
were living in 1882. 

734. Joseph 7 Wight (Asa , Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 5 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 
married, had a family and lived in Clinton, Me. He is dead. 

735. William 7 Wight (Asa , Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonati han 5 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 
married, had a family and lived in Gardiner, Me. He is dead. 

736. Benjamin 7 Wight (Asa , Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 5 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
, was living in 1'882, in Clinton, Me. He had at least one. 

CHILD. 

1669.— 1. Lowell, born , lives in Clinton, Me. 

737. Sally 7 Wight (Asa , Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 5 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 
married and had a family. She lived in Boston. 

738. Sarah Almira 7 Wight {Jonathan , Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 5 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born May 11, 1816, married January 6, 1841, Jeremiah Cloughof Lewiston, Me., born January 
20, 1805, son 'of Jeremiah and Mehetabel (Straw) Clough. Sarah had no children. Her hus- 
band, who was a farmer in Monmouth, Me., died June 18, 1867. His widow died in Mon- 
mouth, May 20, 1889. 

739. Mary Fisher 7 Wight (Jonathan , Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 5 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born April 29, 1818, married October 17, 1858, John Rankins. They reside in Monmouth.' 
No children. He is a farmer. 

740. Milton Marrow 7 Wight (Jonathan , Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 5 , Henry 2 , 
Tliomas 1 ), born February 24, 1820, wa£ a sailor. He died in Monmouth, August 14, 1840, as a 
result of exposure on the ocean. 

743. Joseph Clough 7 Wight (Jonathan , Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 5 , Henry 2 , 
Thomas 1 ), born June 24, 1825, married in Lewiston Me., January 1, 1850, Mary Davis, of 
Quaker lineage, born in Lewiston December, 1820, daughter of Amos and Maria (Graflam) 
Davis. Joseph is a farmer at Wales, Maine, where his wife died childless, October 9, 1882. 
He married at Wales in October, 1883, Maria Mason Randall of Fayette, Me. No children. 

744. Eben Straw 7 Wight (Jonathan , Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 5 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born February 9, 1827, was in his infancy unusually bright, but being seriously ill his mind 
became somewhat impaired. Upon all political and national affairs he is well posted. He 
reads much and has a retentive memory. The cause of his party — the Republican — is a 
matter of personal interest to I dm, so much so as to impair his sleep and almost affect his 
health if its affairs are not prosperous. Eben still (1889) resides with his sister Susan at the 
old home farm at Monmouth. 

746. Roslinda Welch 7 Wight (Jonathan , Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 5 , Henry 2 , 
Thomas 1 ), born July 8, 1830, married April 13, 1852, George I. Moore, of Peru, N. Y., son of 
Samuel P. and Maria (Irish) Moore. There was a divorce and she married August 31, 186S, 
Japhet Shorey, of Monmouth. There were no children of the second marriage. 

747. Susan Dearborn 7 Wight (Jonathan , Timothy 5 , Jonathan 1 , Jonathan 5 , Henry 2 
Thomas 1 ), born January 18, 1832, married at Wales, Me., October 26, 1856, Charles Ira Moore, 
of Peru, N. Y., born there April 27, 1825, brother of George I. Moore (746). They live at 
Monmouth, Me. Charles is a brick and stone mason. 



164 



The Wights. 



DESCENDANTS. 



1. William Georges Moore, born March 80, 1859, at Reading, Mass., married October 9, 1882, Sarah Jane Hickey, 

of BrocUville, Ontario. He is in the Milwaukee, Lake Shore & Western Railway offices at Milwaukee, Wis. 
1. Alice Weeks" Moore, born August 28, 1884. 

2. Maria Elizabeths Moore, born in Monmouth, March 11, 1S61, has graduated as a professional nurse from 

Maine General Hospital, Portland, Me. 
:;. Nellie Adelaide 6 Moore, born in Monmouth, June 23, 1862, is a stenographer with S. C. Forsaith & Co., Man- 
chester, N. H. 

4. Burton Augustus* Moore, born in Monmouth, August 7, 180(5, lives at home. 

5. Bertha Augusta* Moore, born in Monmouth, August 7, 180G, is with S. C. Forsaith & Co., Manchester, N. II. 

719. Clarissa 7 Wight (Benjamin , Timothy", Jonathan 1 , Jonathan*, Henri/' 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born , 1816, married Josiah Richmond of Patten, Me. 

750. Isaac 7 Wight (Benjamin", Timothy", Jonathan 1 ", Jonathan 3 , Henry-, Thomas 1 ), born 
, 1818, married January 1, 1841, Abby Chandler, of Augusta, Me. He died at Augusta 

May 25, 1867. 

CHILDREN. 

1670 — 1. Mary E. , born in Monmouth, September 20, 1841. 

1671.— 2. S. Amelia, born in Monmouth, April 14, 1843. 

1672 — 3. S. Augusta, born in Hallow-ell, Me., December 14, 1815. 

1673 — 4. Charles I. , born in Augusta, September 12, 1848, died there September 17, 1850. 

751. Ruth 7 Wight (Benjamin , Timothy*, Jonathan 1 , Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ) born 
1820, married F. Blagden of Wiscasset, Me., who is dead. 

752. Adaline 7 Wight (Benjamin , Timotliy", Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Tltomas 1 ), 
born , 1822, married June 16, 1846, Bryant Hooper Pond, born in Mansfield, Mass., 
September 30, 1820, who moved to Oldtown, Me., in his infancy. Their children were born 
in Oldtown, where Mr. Pond was living in 1872. (Harris' Pond family, 177.) 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. James B. s Pond, born March 7, 1848, was living in Oldtown in 1S72. 

2. Henry W.s Pond, born July 30, 1850. 

3. Elizabeth S.« Pond, born November 4, 1852. 

Note. The Ponds: Lieutenant Daniel Pond, husbandman, was in Dedhnm about 1652. He married Abigail, 
daughter of Edward Shepard, of Cambridge. She died at Dedham, July 4, 1661, leaving six children, including 
sons John and Ephraim. On September 18, 1661, Daniel married Ann Edwards, who died aged 92, June 6, 1732, 
having had seven children, including sons Robert and Jabez. Lieut. Daniel died in Dedham February 4, 1697-8. 
These four sous John, Ephraim, Robert and Jabez are considered more particularly: 

1. John Pond, dates of birth and death unknown, was a husbandman in Wrentham. By wife Hannah, who 

died June 2, 1691, he had a son John born about 1688. This last John married in Boston, April 14, 1720, 
Rachel Fisher, and had a son John (February 20, 1722-3— April 10. 1777), of Wrentham. He married 
November 21, 1745, Dinah Metealf of Wrentham. The oldest child of John and Dinah was Malchiah 
Pond (September 30, 1746— March 14, 1804) of Franklin, Mass., who October 80, 1771, married Ruth 
Fisher and had Otis Pond, husband of Margaret" Ware (306).— John and Rachel (Fisher) Pond had 
a younger son Benjamin (June 15, 1726 — -February 22, 1787), of that part of Wrentham erected into 
Franklin. Benjamin married December 22, 1748, Mary Park of Hopkinton, and their youngest child 
Rachel Pond (October 16, 1765— August 8, 1818) married Amos" Ware (58). John and Rachel (Fisher) 
Pond had a daughter Mercy, born 1730, mother of Amos Holbrook, father of Catherine Holbrook 
who married Thaddeus William Harris. These last were parents of Edward Doubleday Harris, hus- 
band of Katherine Brattle 7 Wheelock (83). See 461 .Vote.— The first John Pond, after the death of 
his wife Hannah, had by wife Rachel a daughter Hannah, wife of Nathaniel 1 Wight (48). 

2. Ephraim Pond, a carpenter in Wrentham, married January 6, 1085-6, Deborah Hawes of Dedham, and 

he died December 22, 1704. His son Samuel Pond (December 29, 1695 — April 6, 1746), married February 
9, 1719-20, Mary Thurston. Her second marriage November 28, 1751, was 10 Deacon John 4 Barber (31), 
of Medway. — Ephraim and Deborah had another son Jacob Pond (November 22, 1702— March 8, 1764), 
of Pondville, Wrentham, who mariied in Boston, May 11, 1726, Abigail Heath. Jacob and Abigail had 
Joseph Pond (June 26, 1733— July 10, 1804), of Wrentham, who married November 8, 1759, Mary Morse, 
of Walpole. These last had Barnard Pond (September 15, 1767— December 20. 1823) of Wrentham, who 
married February 19, 1789, Hannah Smith, of Walpole, and had a son Asa, who was born May 29, 
1797, married December 21, 1819, Sally Williams and removed to Oldtown, Me. Asa and Sally were 
parents of Bryant Hooper Pond, husband of Adaline 7 Wight, above. 

3. Captain Robert Pond (August 5, 1667— July 3, 1750), a house carpenter in Dedham, had by wife Joanna 

nine children. One of these, Ezra, married for his second wife Margaret-"' (Ware) Metealf (58). Ezra's 
first wife Abigail Farrington, whom he married November 26, 1718, died April 19, 1759. Ezra and Abi- 
gail had a son Moses Pond, born April 16, 1737, of Wrentham, who married March 12, 1760, Paiicnce 
Carpenter, oi Medwav. These last had a son Moses Pond (March 16, 1782 — January 3, 1856), who mar- 
ried February S, 1807," Polly Fairbanks, and had a daughter Mary Pond, wife of Charles 7 Wight (1073). 
—Captain Robert and Joanna Pond had another son Ichabod (May 31, 1699— May 2, 1785) of Wrenthiim, 
father of Elisha, who married Phebe" Ware (58). Ichabod had also a son Nathan (October 27, 
1728— September 16, 1804), of Walpole, who, December 10, 1754, married Mary Smith. These last had a 
son Nathan (May 23, 1763 — June 2, 1825), of Walpole, who, November 22, 1787, married Lucretia Thur- 
ston. Nathan and Lucretia had Nathan Pond, who married Eunice 7 Plimpton (186) and Captain 
Daniel Pond, who married the same Eunice, and after her death married Eliza 7 (Plimpton) Fisher 
(186).— Said Ichabod Pond had another son Benjamin (March 21, 1732— December 27, 1809), husband of 
Lois 5 Partridge (43).— Ichabod had also a son Eli Pond (February 16, 1743— May 20, 1802), who married 
November, 1764, Huldah Hill and had a daughter Huldah, wife of Aimer" Pond (336). 



Seventh Generation. 165 



i. Lieutenant Jabez Pond (March 6, 1677— November 6, 1749), of Dedharn, married November 22, 1732, Mary 
(Smith) Plimpton of Medfield, (85, 86 Note, 46 Note 2). Lieut. Jabez by an earlier marriage (January 
11, 1699) with Mary Gay, had a daughter Mary Fond, wife of Rev. John 1 Wight (53), and a daughter 
Anna Pond, born July*6, 1713, who married July 11, 1734, Henry Plimpton, see 46 Note 2. 

753. James 7 Wight (Benjamin", Timothy 5 , Jonathan 4 ', Jonathan*, Henry-, Thomas 1 ), born 
, 1824, has been twice married, but has had no children. He is a landowner in Bos- 
ton, and manufacturer and wholesale dealer in, and exporter of, carriage materials. 

754. Cordelia 7 Wight (Benjamin", Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born , 1826, married William Smith, of Hallowell, Maine. Both are dead. 

756. Stephen Henry 7 Wight (Benjamin''', Timothy", Jonathan 11 , Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , 
Thomas 1 ), born January 15, 1838, married in Boston, January 1, 1857, Mary Augusta Mears, 
born in Cbarlestown, Mass., about 1839. Stephen moved to Iowa in 1865, and about 1874 
moved to California. He is engaged in the blacksmithing and wagonmaking business at 1507 
Polk street, San Francisco. 

CHILDREN. 

1674. — 1. Carrie A. born in Cbarlestown, Mass,, October 6, 1858. 

1675. — 2. Laura R. born in Charlestown, November 7, 1860. 

1676.— 3. Lulu S. born in Estherville. Emmett County. Iowa, August 2, 1866. 

1677. — 4. Frank James, born in Estherville, August 17, 1869, lives with his parents. 

1678 5. May Stephens, born in San Francisco, November 25, 1877, lives with her parents. 

757. Laura 7 Wight (Benjamin" , Timothy 5 , Jonathan 4 -, Jonathan*, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 -), born 
May 13, 1840, married July 14, 1856, James Watson Ridley, and had a son George Isaac 8 Rid- 
ley, born March 9, 1858. She married second November 22, 1873, Charles Alfred Lang and 
had a son Franklin Runyan 8 Lang, born November 16, 1874. Mrs. Lang lives in South Harps- 
well, Maine. 

759. Hiram 7 Wight ( William Fisher", Timothy 5 , Jonathan 4 - , Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born February 6, 1815, married November 20, 1842, Mary Elizabeth Kelleran, born August 
23, 1818. Hiram was a trader, etc., at Thomaston, Me., where his children were born. 

CHILDREN. 

1679.— 1. William Fesrenden, born September 22, 1843. 

1680. — 2. Henderson Kelleran, born September 30, 1845. died at Thomaston October 7, 1846. 

1681.— 3. Mary L. born July 5, 1847, nothing told. 

1682 — 4. Ernestine E. born June 6, 1849, died at Thomaston, May 11, 1875. 

1683.— 5. Emma A. born October 23, 1851, nothing told. 

1684.— 6. George M. born September 13, 1854, died at Thomaston, May (>, 1857. 

, 1685.— 7. Martha W. born May 16, 1858, died at Thomaston, June 21, 1858. 

1686 — 8. Martha Ellen, born December 31, 1859 nothing told. 

760. Charles Thomas 7 Wight (William Fisher", Timothy 5 , Jonathan 4 -, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , 
Thomas 1 ), born December 31, 1816, died about 1860, in Windsor, Me. He carried on a bakery 
in South Thomaston for a while. 

761. David 7 Wight ( William Fisher", Timothy 5 , Jonathan 4 -, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born December 16, 1818, married at Windsor, Me., in March, 1846, Almira Bailey, born July 
25, 1828. She died July 21, 1872. David lives in Windsor where his children were born. 

CHILDREN. 

1687 1. Alberts. born June 21, 1848. 

1688.— 2. Cecil, born June 28, 1851, died at Windsor, May 25, 1852. 

1689.— 3. Gtjstavtjs, born Julv 11, 1854, died at Windsor, September 10, 1856. 

1690 — 4. Morrill, born April 10, 1857, died February 14, 1871. 

1691.— 5. Arlettie, born June 29, 1860, nothing told. 

763. John .Brown 7 Wight (William Fisher", Timothy 5 , Jonathan 4 -, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , 
Thomas 1 ), born January 16, 1821, married January 18, 1853, Sarah Jane, Lash, of Waldoborough, 
born May 20, 1831. John was a baker at Thomaston, Me., where he died April 17, 1880. See 
Eaton's Thomaston I, 260. 

child. 
1692.— 1. William H. born at Thomaston, June 2, 1855, died there June 27, 1858. 

764. Lois F. 7 Wight ( William Fisher", Timothy 5 , Jonathan 4 -, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born January 4, 1823, married Ambrose Hall. Lois died July 10, 1841. 

765. Lydia Hunt 7 Wight (William Fisher", Timothy 5 , Jonathan 4 -, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , 
Thomas 1 ), born March 5, 1825, married February 11, 1860, George Pierce, who died April 30', 
1863. She married second, June 23, 1872, Elbridge Choate, of Windsor, born October 5, 1825.' 

766. Phoebe Keziah 7 Wight (Joseph", Timothy 5 , Jonathan 4 -, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ) 
born March 31, 1824, died at China, Me., February 11, 1833. Up to July, 1883, this was the 
only death from sickness among all the descendants of Joseph 6 Wight, and she— as her mother 
often said— was" doctored out of the world." 



i66 The Wights. 



767. William Lewis 7 Wight (Joseph , Timothy 5 , Jonathan 4 ", Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born March 3, 1826, attended district schools and the academies at China, Me., and Mon- 
mouth, Me. He was an excellent scholar and of good understanding, but of an adventurous 
spirit. Restrained by his father from enlisting in the Mexican war, he made several voyages 
in one of which he was shipwrecked. Upon the discovery of gold in California he sailed on 
the Cordovia, via Cape Hope, from Boston. After the usual vicissitudes of '49ers in mining, 
lumbering and other enterprises, he returned to Maine and settled in Presque Isle, trading, 
lumbering and farming. There he married October 28, 1853, Margaret Whittaker, born at 
Fort Fairfield, Me., July 27, 1833, eldest daughter of Thomas and Mary Whittaker of Presque 
Isle. He enlisted in Co. B., 16th Maine Volunteers, in the war of 1861, and was known as a 
soldier of unusual courage and daring. He was killed in front of Petersburg, Va., June 21, 
1864, by a bullet through the brain. His widow resides at Presque Isle, where his children 
were born. Of William's war record his brother Frederick (771) writes: "One of his ex- 
ploits was the capturing and bringing in of two Confederate soldiers, in the following man- 
ner: At one of the battles of the Wilderness, while on picket duty, he became separated 
from his regiment by some manoeuvers and in trying to find his way into his own line, became 
confused in the woods, lost his way and was captured by two of the enemy. While his cap- 
tors were wandering about in like confusion, William discovered hisbearings- Watching his 
opportunity while the two were resting, he suddenly knocked one down, snatched his gun, 
' got the drop ' on the other, disarmed him, and brought both into camp. He fell while on 
picket duty, within a stone's throw of what was afterward called Fort Hell, and his comrades 
of the old 16th know that he fell not only in doing his own duty, but in volunteering to do 
the duty of another. . . . Colonel Tilden of his regiment detailed a member of Company B. 
to show me where my brother was buried. This man related to me instances of the nerve 
and courage of my brother, that could not have been exceeded by Julius Ca?sar himself. My 
brother had been one of the principal municipal officers at Presque Isle, and could have 
entered service as a commissioned officer had he desired, but he chose the situation of a 
plain private." 

CHILDREN. 

1693 1. John William, born August 28, 1854. 

1694.— 2. Frederick Joseph, born December 18, 1855, nothing told. 

1695.— 3. Elizabeth Mary, born August 18, 1857, nothing told. 

1696.— 4. Bertha Ann, born May 31, 1859, nothing told. 

1697 5. Nathan Lewis, born October 23, 1862. 

769. Joseph Eliphalet 7 Wight (Joseph 6 , Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , 
Thomas 1 ), born November 30, 1830, married at China, Me., October 11, 1857, Lucy Jane Stiid- 
ley, born at China, February 13, 1S35, eldest daughter of Robert Studley, of China. The 
children were all born in Windsor, Me., where the family resided. 

children. 

1698 1. Willard Alberto, born November 12, 1858. 

1699.— 2. Robert Lincoln, born August 28, 1860, nothing told. 

1700. — 3. Amos Bryant, born August 8, 1864, nothing told. 

1701.— 4. Hattie May, born December 13, 1869, nothing told. 

770. Nathan Newell 7 Wight (Joseph 6 , Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born July 8, 1834, was educated at the district school and subsequently at the Maine state 
liberal institute, Litchfield, Me. He passed several years teaching and some years in trade at 
Windsor and Parkman, and is now at the latter place engaged in trading, farming and fruit 
growing. He married at Trenton, Me., October 23, 1859, Elmenia T. Haynes, born in Tren- 
ton, August 23, 3834, daughter of Captain Haynes, a shipmaster at that place. The four oldest 
children were born in Windsor, the remainder at Parkman, Me. 

CHILDREN. 

1702.— 1. Edward Dancy, born August 5, I860, Ass't Cashier 1st National Bank, Trinidad, Colo. 

1703.— 2. Harry E. born November 17, 1861, nothing told. 

1704 3. Arthur W. born March 24, 1863, was living in Midland, Texas, 1887. 

1705.— 4. Minnie H. born May 22, 1864, nothing told 

1706.— 5. Alice M. born August 3, 1869, nothing told. 

1707 6. Martha G. born June 22, 1871, nothing told. 

1708.— 7. George S. born November 4, 1872, nothing told. 

771. Frederick Dearborn 7 Wight (Joseph 6 , Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , 
Thomas 1 ), born June 18, 1837, married at Lewiston, Me., April 23, 1863, Sarah Ann Milliken, 
born at Windsor, October 18, 1846, daughter of Henry Milliken and Harriet, eldest daughter 
of Benjamin Hewitt, of Windsor. Sarah Ann died at Windsor, July 17, 1864. She had been 
educated at the Maine State Seminary — now Bates College. She was a woman of great beauty 
and grace of manner; she had a brilliant intellect and a disposition of much sweetness, and 
she was greatly admired and beloved in the circle of her acquaintances. Mr. Wight married 
second August 1, 1872, at Low Moor, Clinton County, la., Mary Abby Briggs, born at Win- 
throp, Me., March 5, 1853, daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Robinson) Briggs, of ancient 
Quaker stock. Mary Abby attended the High School at Lynn, Mass., where her widowed 
mother then resided, and subsequently attended the Friends' Boarding School at Providence. 



Seventh Generation. 167 



CHILDREN. 

1709.— 1. Frederick Lewis, born in Windsor, July 15, 1864, studied at Abbott Family School, 

Little Blue Farmington, Me. 

1710.— 2. George, born in China, Me., August 7, 1873, nothing told. 

1711 3. Ann, born in Parkman, October 26, 1874, nothing told. 

1713.— 4. Mark, born in Trinidad, Colo., October 26, 1876, nothing told. 

1713.— 5. Edith, born in Trinidad, September 9, 1877, nothing told. 

1714 6. Ernest, born in Trinidad, March 6, 1883, nothing told. 

Note. Frederick's early education was little more than the district school afforded. His gift from his par- 
ents—all they could give — was his time, at 16 years of age. On July 5, 1864, when the news reached him that his 
brother William Lewis (767) bad been killed before Petersburg (Frederick's wife dying twelve days after), he 
offered himself to the governor of Maine as a private soldier, although at that time he had a substitute in the ser- 
vice. The governor soon sent him a captain's commission, which he declined, but said he would accept a lieu- 
tenant's commission in one of the companies about to leave for the front. In a few days he was in front of Peters- 
burg as lieutenant, in command of Co. A. First Battalion Maine sharpshooters, and remained in commnnd of 
this company until the close of the war. He was present and an actor in the principal events about Petersburg 
until the grand move the last of March, 1865, and in the events which followed, until the memorable scene at 
Appomattox. To his division, the First of the Fifth Army Corps, being first in line when the enemy was headed 
off at Appomattox, was given the distinction of receiving the enemy's arms. " I had the pleasure," Lieut. Wight 
says, " that day, of being in line with my company and witnessing the tattered remnant <>f Lee's veterans stack 
their arms and deposit their worn and ragged, but cherished banners. The ranks of Lee's army were so deci- 
mated that their division and brigade colors were nearer together than our regimental flags. One color bearer 
who stood directly belore me, hugged closely, with his one remaining arm, his bullet-scarred staff, upon which 
still remained a piece of a flag. I can see that man now with his old patched, ragged, faded butternut suit, his 
lank but erect body, his long sandy hair, his pinched, famished face, struggling to restrain his tears. But 
restrain them he could not ; and they were not unmanly tears— they did him honor." 

After the great review of Grant's and Sherman's armies in Washington, Lieut. Wight returned to civil life. 
About 1874 he went to Colorado to live, and has since prospered. He resided and resides in Trinidad. He organ- 
ized and for seven years controlled, the First National Bank of Trinidad, now one of the sound and stable finan- 
cial institutions of the state. He likewise invested largely in sheep of high grades, and owns an extensive ranch, 
30 miles in length by an average of 10 miles, in New Mexico. His clipping in 1S85 amounted to 150,000 pounds of 
wool. In 1886 he was prominently mentioned for nomination as governor of Colorado, by the Republicans, and 
his name was presented to the convention, but the nomination went in another direction. From what I have 
heard of Colorado politics in the fall of 1886, it is much to Mr. Wight's credit that he was not nominated. 

772. Mary Elizabeth 7 Wight {Joseph®, Timothy*, Jonathan 41 , Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born May 13, 1840, married at Augusta, Me., John 0. Murray, March 19, 1863. John O. was 
born May 1, 1833, and was second son of John Andrew Murray, of Windsor. Mary had 
eleven children. 

7 73. Amos Merrill 7 Wight (Joseph 6 , Timothy 5 , Jonathan 4 ', Jonathan 9 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born March 5, 1843, married at Orrington, Me., November 15, 1869, Martha Osgood King 
(629), his remote kinswoman. Amos is a jeweler in Augusta, Me., — a solid business man. 

CHILDREN. 

1715. — 1. Mary Estella, born in Windsor, November 27, 1870, nothing told. 
1716. — 2. Joseph Merrill, born in Windsor, November 9, 1872, nothing told. 
1717.— 3. Melville Page, born in Augusta, July 13, 1874, nothing told. 

774. Sarah 7 Wight (Ellas 6 , Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas' 1 ), born July 
4, 1827, married June 7, 1849, William McLellan, of Galion, Ohio. He died at New Paris, 
Indiana, April 11, 1855. Sarah married second, October 1, 1858, Henry C. Wolfe, of New- 
bury, Ind. Sarah died at her home in Newbury, February 7, 1872. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Cassius 8 McLellan, born March 6, 1850, married March 27, 1873, Emma Watson, of Elkhart County, Indiana. 

Since 1871 he has been conductor on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern R. R., with residence at Elkhart 
City. Children : William", Frederick 9 , Bertha" McLellan. 

2. Horace 8 McLellan, born June 13, 1851. 

3. William 8 McLellan, born November 3, 1853, a farmer at White Pigeon, Mich., married March 14, 1877, Lydia 

Ann, daughter of John and Mary (Hoff) Swartz. Son, John" McLellan, born June 19, 1880. 

4. Laura 8 Wolfe, born December 5, 1859, married George Virgil of Middlebury, Ind., March 3, 1879. 

5. Rettie 8 Wolfe, born October 11, 1861, married March 12, 1881, Ellis Surnmey, a farmer in Lima, Ind. 

6. Rosella 8 Wolfe, September 1862—1865. 

7. Hattie 8 Wolfe, August 8, 1867—1882. 

776. Elias 7 Wight [Elias 6 , Timothy 5 , Jonathan 4 , Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born June 
6, 1830, lived in Richland County, Ohio, from 1832 until 1852, and subsequently in Newbury 
township, La Grange County, Indiana, with post office address at Middlebury, Elkhart 
County. He received a common school education and taught twelve terms in Ohio, Indiana 
and Iowa. He has served as assessor and real estate appraiser a number of years in New- 
bury, and served three years in the board of County Commissioners. He owns and manages 
a farm of 240 acres. He married July 1, 1S60, Sophia Ann Telfer, of Van Buren, Indiana, 
born in Florence, St. Joseph County, Michigan, May 1, 1843, daughter of William Telfer, born 
in England, April 7, 1811, and of Ann Smart, born in England, February 19, 1821. Elias' 
eldest child was born in Van Buren, the remainder in Newbury. In 1889 Elias lived in the 
city of La Grange, and was engaged in buying and shipping stock, and was secretary of the 
County fair. He is also secretary and general agent of the Farmers' Eescue Fire Insurance 
Company of La Grange. 



168 The Wights. 

CHILDREN. 

1718.— 1. Marvin Lander, bom August 27, 1861, died in Newbury, October 14 1875. 

1719.— 2. Byron William, born April 5, 1864. 

1730 — S. Eva Estei.la, born April 6, 1867. 

1721 — 4. Clarence Frederick, born July 10, 1874, at La Grange High School 1888. 

777. Susan 7 Wight (Elias 6 , Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 9 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Jan- 
uary 29, 1832, married January 17, 1856, Allen Isaac Wolfe, of Newbury township, Indiana, 
born January 18, 1832, son of Samuel Wolfe, born in Pennsylvania, February 29, 1808, and 
Mary Shartle, born in Fairfield, Ohio. Mr. Wolfe is a farmer and mechanic in Newbury, 
where Susan's children were born. 

descendants. 

1. Lewis Allen 8 Wolfe, born August 1, 1857, married at White Pigeon, Mich., September 13, 1881, Hattie A. Leigh- 

ton, born in Illinois, July 26, 1861, daughter of Andrew Leighton, born in Ireland, August, 1833, and Margaret 
Atwuter, born in Pennsylvania May 10, 1835. 

2. Mary Ellen 8 Wolfe, born October 21, 1859, married at White Pigeon, March 20, 1879, John E. Summey, a farmer 

in Newbury, born there September 13, 1856, son of Abraham Summey, born in York County, Pa., in 1827, 
and Rachael his wife, born in Stark County, Ohio, January 14, 1831. 

1. Milo Abram 9 Summey, born in Newbury, July 21, 1880. 

2. Ella Sophia 9 Summey, born in Newbury, Januarv 5, 1883. 

3. Warren Wight* Wolfe, born October 11, 1864. 

4. Nettie Elizabeth 8 Wolfe, born March 6, 1867, died. 

779. Elizabeth 7 Wight (Elias 6 , Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan*, Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
March 30, 1836, married in Newbury, October 11, 1860, Albert Hall of White Pigeon, Michi- 
gan, born at Sing Sing, N. Y., October 27, 1839, son of Mark Hall, born in England in 1800, 
and Ellen Booth, born in England in 1817. Albert Hall is a farmer in Van Buren, where 
their five youngest children were born. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Lena M. 8 Hall, born in St. Joseph County, Mich., September 30, 1861, married Novembers, 1880, Frederick 

Heckelbower, of Van Buren. 
1. George Frederick 9 Heckelbower, born August 17, 1881. 

2. Dervvard M. 8 Hall, born July 23, 1863. 

3. Webster B. 8 Hall, born October 14, 1866, died about February 1, 1889, of scarlet fever. 

4. Franklin G. 8 Hall, born December 13, 1867, died at Van Buren, March 2, 1869. 

5. Ella J. 8 Hall, born December 28, 1872. 

6. Mary S. 8 Hall, born September 5, 1874. 

780. Hannah 7 Wight (Elias 6 , Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
March 6, 1838, married in January, 1861, Adam Oxender, born at Orrville, Ohio, August 26, 
1832. Hannah died in La Grange County, Indiana, December 13, 1878. Her husband resides 
at Middlebury, Indiana. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Howard 8 Oxender, born November 9, 1861. 

2. Rollin 8 Oxender, October 7, 1863— March 7, 1866. 

3. Alfred 8 Oxender, born October 27, 1864. 

4. Frank 8 Oxender, born 1868. 

5. Lewis 8 Oxender, born September 27, 1872. 

782. George Washington 7 Wight (Elias®, Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , 
Thomas 1 ), born February 11, 1842, was a member of Co. G., 48th Indiana Volunteer Infantry 
in the war of 1861, served 3$ years, and was severely wounded in the left thigh, at the battle 
of Champion Hills, Miss. He married at Coloma, Woodson County, Kansas, October 3, 1875, 
Annetta Hazen, born at Waukesha, Wis., August 4, 1845, daughter of James and Nancy 
(Wright) Hazen. George farms 240 acres near Burlingame, Kansas. 

CHILD. 

1723 — 1. Durant, born in Burlingame, August 23 1877, nothing told. 

7S3. William Harrison 7 Wight (Elias 6 , Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , 
Thomas 1 ), born May 3, 1844, served two years in the 12th Indiana Cavalry, in the war of 1861. 
He married in Burlingame, Kansas, July 4, 1870, Lizzie Ely. His children were born at his 
home in Osage, Kansas, where he died November 21, 1879. 

CHILDREN. 

1723.— 1. Berta, born January 11, 1874, nothing told. 
1724 2. Webster, born March 6, 1876, nothing told. 

784. James Moffatt 7 Wight ( Warren W. e , Timothy 5 , Jonathan*, Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , 
Thoynas 1 ), born July 1, 1826, married at Cleveland, Ohio, December 25, 1856, Rosina Murray, 
of Cleveland, born October 26, 1833. He resides in Cleveland where his children were born. 
He is an engineer. 



Seventh Generation. 169 



CHILDREN. 

1725 — 1. Jennie, bora October 7, 1857, died in Cleveland January 3, 1868. 

1726 — 2. James Moffatt, bora April 19, 1859. a machinist in Cleveland. 

1727.— 3. Nelly, born August 11, 1861, nothing told. 

1728.— 4. Clarence, born September 9. 1863, a machinist in Cleveland. 

1729 — 5. Charles, horn December 16. 1865, a plumber in Cleveland. 

1730 6. Gknkvia. born January 6, 1868, nothing told. 

1731.— 7. George Washington, bora April 10, 1870, nothing told. 

1732 8. Rollin, born September 13, 1874, nothing told. 

1733 9. Rosa, born July 18,-1876, nothing told. 

785. Harriet Eliza 7 Wight ( Warren W. 6 , Timothy 5 , Jonathan 4 ', Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , 
Thomas 1 ), born October 28, 1827, married April 19, 1853, James Wiley, born September 17, 
1814. He was a farmer in DeKalb'county, Indiana, and died September 19, 1888. His widow 
resides at Arctic, DeKalb county, Ind., witb postoffice at Edgerton, Ohio. 

descendants. 

1. Clara Ella 8 Wiley, bora January 16, 1854, married February 19, 1882, Lysander Munroe Via, and resided in 

Portland, Jay Co., Ind. She died November 29, 1882. 

2. Rollin Pythias 8 Wiley, July 26, 1855— October 20. 1857. 

3 William Warren 8 Wiley, born November 26, 1856, is a wholesale dealer in coal, in Riverside, Cal. 

4. Charles Wilber 8 Wiley, born July 20, 1858. Indiana Si. Univ. 1881, was admitted to the bar at Fort Wayne, Ind., 

and resided there. He is now (1889) a lawyer in Helena, Mont. 

5. Edward Stanleys Wiley, January 8, 1860— October 22, 1861. 

6. James Clarence 8 Wiley, bora February 27, 1862, married May 1, 1886, Nellie McCurdy, of Butler, Ind. He cul- 

tivates the paternal farm. 

1. James Rollo 9 Wiley, born September 5, 1887. 

2. Bessie Lois 9 Wiley, born November 24, 1888. 

7. Joseph Rollin 8 Wiley, born December 25, 1863. 

8. Estella Edna 8 Wiley, born January 1, 1867. 

9. Hattie Eva 8 Wiley, born August 12, 1870. 

787. William Sylvester 7 Wight (Warren W. 6 , Timothy 5 , Jonathan 4 , Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , 
Thomas 1 ), born November 13, 1831, is a contractor and builder in Cleveland, Ohio. He mar- 
ried July 4, 1853, Frances Piatt, of Cleveland, born January 19, 1832. She died November 2, 
1868. He married December 2, 1879, Jane R. Burgess, of Cleveland. 

CHILD. 

1734.— 1. Harry Alfred, born April 10, 1857. 

789. Alpheus La Fayette 7 Wight ( Warren W. 6 , Timothy 5 , Jonathan 4 , Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , 
Thomas 1 ), born August 20, 1836, was one of the first to enlist in the Union army, and was in 
the first battle of Bull Run. He re-enlisted for three years in the artillery, was taken pris- 
oner in the Shenandoah Valley when his three years were almost expired, and was confined 
in Danville seven months. After the war he became a conductor on the Atlantic & Great 
Western Railroad, and while performing his duties as conductor was killed, July 13, 1866. 

790. Mary Susan 7 Wight ( Warren W. a , Timothy 5 , Jonathan 4 , Jonathan?, Henry 2 , 
Thomas 1 ), born July 12, 1838, married in September, 1858, Daniel Pensinger, and resides in 
Portland, Jay county, Ind. Children: Samuel Horace 8 , Hattie Ella 8 , John Melvin s , Joseph 
Webster 8 , Mary Susan 8 , Frances Estella 8 (dead), Warren 8 , Addie 8 (dead), Clark 8 , Luther 
Clyde 8 , Myrtie 8 , Edward Leslie 8 . 

791. Frances Paulina 7 Wight ( Warren W. & , Timothy 5 , Jonathan 4 , Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , 
Thomas 1 ), born June 16, 1840, married December 24, 1863, John Moore, and resides in Penn- 
ville, Jay county, Ind. Children: Clarence 8 , Charles Albert 8 , Jenny Elma 8 , William 8 , 
John 8 , Lyman Ray 8 , May 8 , and two whose names are unknown. 

792. John Elias 7 Wight ( Warren W. G , Timothy 5 , Jonathan 4 , Jonathan 3 , Henry 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born March 8, 1842, was in the 22d Ohio Infantry in the war of 1861, and was killed May 6, 
1862, in the campaign in West Virginia. He is buried on Flat Top Mountain. 

799. James W. 7 Wight (John Morse 6 , Lemuel 5 , Thomas 4 , Eleazar 3 Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born October 29, 1795, was brought up in Waldoborough, Me.; married in Boston and went 
to sea. 

800. Henry M. 7 Wight (John Morse , Lemuel 5 , Thomas 4 , Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born March 15, 1798, was enlisted from Thomaston in the war of 1812 — a young soldier, 
indeed, — and died of measles while in the service, at Burlington, Vt. 

801. Charles 7 Wight (John Morse 6 , Lemuel 5 , Thomas 4 , Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
March 9, 1800, married September 7, 1828, Elizabeth Braley, born Stevens, daughter of 
Thomas Stevens, of Thomaston, Me. He lost his sight before 1838 by the blasting of a rock. 
He lived in Thomaston, and died suddenly in a store, February 7, 1854. His widow died 
April 4, 1854. (Eaton's Thomaston, II, 417, 461.) 

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170 The Wights. 



CHILDREN. 

1734.a. 1. Charles O. born July 24, 1829, nothing told. 

1734. b. 2. Elizabeth A. born November 25, 1831, nothing told. 

1734.C. 3. Lavinia T. born January 28, 1884. died July 16, 1853. 

1734. d. 4. Henrietta S. boru November 2, 1836, died January 22, 1837. 

802. Osmond 7 Wight (John Morse 6 , Lemuel 5 , Thomas*, Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
March 9, 1800, was drowned at sea. He became low-spirited during the voyage in conse- 
quence of a dream, which he refused to disclose until he should reach the land. While the 
crew were at supper he, heaving the line as if to sound, fell overboard, and taking no notice 
of a rope thrown to him, sank without a struggle. (Eaton's Thomaston, II, 461.) 

803. Foster 7 Wight (Lemuel 6 , Lemuel 5 , Tlioiaas*, Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Jan- 
uary 18, 1797, married Polly Farr, born 1801. She died April 1, 1845, and he died November 
3, ]864. Residence, Westmoreland, N. H. 

children. 

1735 — 1. Mary, born March 6, 1825. 

1736 — 2. Jane, born January 25, 1827. 

1737 3. Priscilla, born January 19, 1829. 

1738.— 4. Martha Ann, born August 25, 1833. 

1739.— 5. George Foster, born June 12, 1835. 

1740 — 6. Caroline, born June 25, 1837. 

1741.— 7. Charles Monroe, born January 25, 1810, in Westmoreland, N. H. 

1743.— 8. Helen Adelia, born April 1, 1845. 

804. Willard 7 Wight (Lemuel 6 , Lemuel 5 , Thomas*, Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
1800; never married. He is believed to have been in the boot and shoe business, and to 
have visited Indiana about 1832. See 331. 

805. Mary 7 Wight (Lemuel 6 , Lemuel 5 , Thomas*, Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 1801, 
married in 1822 Asa Hartshorn, of Walpole, Mass., and died there March 16, 1885. 

806. Joseph Nelson 7 Wight (Lemuel 6 , Lemuel 5 , Thomas*, Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born 1803, settled in Whitestown, N. Y.; died in Syracuse, N. Y. Nothing further known. 

807. James Guilford 7 Wight (Lemuel 6 , Lemuel 5 , Thomas*, Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born 1804, married Rhoda Drake, of Foxboro, Mass., and would seem to have lived in Wal- 
pole, Mass. 

child. 
1743.— 1. James, born 

808. Herman 7 Wight (Lemuel 6 , Lemuel 5 , Thomas*, Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 

1806, married Emily Alcox, of New Hartford, N. Y. ; settled in Yorkville, N. Y., and died 
there December 21, 1865. 

809. Stillman 7 Wight (Lemuel 6 , Lemuel 5 , Thomas*, Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 

1807, settled in Whitestown, N. Y., but resided later in Rome, N. Y. He was married. 

810. Rhoda 7 Wight (Lemuel 6 , Lemuel 5 , Thomas*, Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
August 13, 1809. Her intention to marry Richmond Chase, of Boston, September 8, 1833, is 
recorded in Dedham. They settled in South Boston, and she died in Mansfield, Mass., 
March 17, 1870. 

812. Albert 7 Wight (Lemuel 6 , Lemuel 5 , Thomas*, Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
August 14, 1812, married, first, Lydia Gilbert Abbott, who died September 10, 1838. He 
married, second, in Westmoreland, N. H , June 7, 1844, Harriet M. Ide, born in West- 
minster, Vt., September 7, 1816, died in Walpole, N. H., June 10, 1857. Albert was a boot 
and shoe dealer, and a man very eccentric in his manners. Immediately upon the death of 
his first wife he gave her son to a man named Abel Bennett, and then moved from his home 
in Tunbridge, Vt., to Walpole, N. H. Albert is still (1887) living. 

CHILDREN. 

1744.— 1. Charles Abbott, born at Troy, N. Y., January 2, 1836. 

1745.— 2. Martha Adelaide, born in Walpole, March 12 1845. 

1746.— 3. Frances Angeline, born in Westmoreland, November 13, 1846. 

1747 4. Edward Thorndike, born in Walpole. January 16, 1848. 

1748.— 5. Oscar Edwin, born in East Westmoreland, July 27, 1850. 

1749 — 6. Sarah Ide, born in Walpole, September 26, 1855. 

813. Hartshorn 7 Wight (Lemuel 6 , Lemuel 5 , Thomas*, Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
1814, married Phebe Miller, of Walpole, N. H., April 3, 1839. He resided there, but died in 
Mansfield, Mass., July 26, 1881. 

814. Nancy 7 Wight (Lemuel 6 , Lemuel 5 , Thomas*, Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 1820, 
married about 1846, Oren Sheldon, of Westmoreland, N. H., but lived only a few months 
after her marriage. 



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S16. William 7 Wight (Thomas", Lemuel 5 , Thomas 4 -, Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
, is without reasonable doubt William Wight, of Philadelphia, who married Sarah 
Ryan, and died in 1845. Children born in Philadelphia. 

CHILDREN. 

1750 — 1. William, born , enlisted in the navy about 1845, and has never been heard of. 

1751. — 2. Thomas, born , enlisted in the war of 1861, and was killed. 

1752. — 3. Edwin R , born 

1753.— 4. Annie, born 

1753. a. 5. Hannah, born , never married. 

Note. Edwin R. 8 Wight-, above, states that his father had a brother Edwin, a machinist by trade, who still 
lives in Philadelphia. He is not mentioned among the children at 329. The same informant states lhat his 
fatber had two sisters, one of whom married a Mason, tbe other a doctor named Lewis. 

821. James Harvey 7 Wight (James , Lemuel 5 , Thomas*, Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ) born 
April 20, 1807, resided in Bentonville, Arkansas. He married April 17, 1831, Celia Hornbeck. 
She died March 29, 1878. He died in Bentonville, October 31, 1883. 

CHILDREN. 

1754.— 1. Warren Harvey, born August 12. 1835. 

1755. — 2. Simeon, born January 16, 1838, in Spencer County, Indiana. 

823. Warren 7 Wight (James", Lemuel 5 , Thomas' 1 , Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
August 28, 1811, married at Fayetteville, Fayette County, Texas, March 28, 1838, Nancy 
Howry, who was born December 20, 1820. Warren is a farmer and trader, residing in Ben- 
tonville, Benton County, Arkansas. 

CHILDREN. 

1756. — 1. James Harvey, born March 29, 1839, in Washington County, Ark. 
1756. a. 2. John Franklin, born May 29, 1841, died November, 1863. 
1756.6.3. Andy Postin, born December 24, 1843, nothing told, 

824. Eli 7 Wight (Abner", Eleazar 5 , Eleazar 4 ', Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 
28, 1791, is untraceable. I had presumed I might resuscitate him or discover his descend- 
ants, if any, but my search has been fruitless. 

825. Ruth 7 Wight (Abner", Eleazar 5 , Eleazar 4 ', Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Feb- 
ruary 21, 1793, married Henry Bond. Nothing further found. 

826. Abner 7 Wight (Abner , Eleazar 5 , Eleazar 4 ', Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
May 16, 1795, married September 22, 1818, Diana B., daughter of Stephen and Martha Wing. 
He moved from Milford to Upton, Mass., and died November 1, 1847. The births of the 
following children are recorded in Milford, but the death certificate of the younger states 
that she was born in Upton: 

children. 

1756. c. 1. Abner Gibbs, born November 15, 1820, nothing told. 

1756.d. 2. Claeinda Jones, born March 11, 1822, died unmarried in Foxboro, February 5, 1874. 

827. Hasky 7 Wight (Abner", Eleazar 5 , Eleazar 1 , Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
November 16, 1797, married April 5, 1821, Clarissa Cheney, of Milford. She died January 14, 
1824. He married March 30, 1826, Abigail A. Gilbert, who died February 14, 1827. Hasky 
then married July 8, 1827, Lucy H. Noyes, who survived until October 26, 1872. Hasky died 
at his residence in Wirt, Allegany county, N. Y., December 28, 1872. 

children. 

Sabin, born July 8, 1822, died June 5, 1843. 

Sarah Cheney, born January 7, 182 1, died April 1, 1824. 

.Hasky, born at Oakham, Mass., February 7, 1827. 

Alvira Ann M., born March 29, 1828, resides unmarried in Bolivar, AlleganyCo., N. Y. 

Gilbert N., born October 7, 1829. 

Mary Ann, born in Wirt, August 3, 1831. 

Charles D. born in Wirt, June 20, 1833. 

Jasper, born in Wirt, April 17, 1835, died April 11, 1836. 

Charlotte, born in Wirt, January 8, 1837. 

Franklin L. born in Wirt, February 14, 1839. 

Jasper J. born in Wirt, March 23, 1841. 

Martha Ann, born in Wirt, May 30, 1843. 

LeRoy Othniel, born in Wirt, May 2 1845. 

Frances Lucy, born in Wirt, June 24 1849. 

Orin Sanford, born in Wirt, June 22, 1851. 

Note 1. By letter from Hasky* Wight (1758) I receive a different date of the birth of his father (November 15, 
179S), irom the date November 16, 1797. The later date is from Ballou's Milford, and is extracted from the records. 
Hasky 8 Wight's date is from his father's Bible. I cannot choose between such respectable authorities. Hasky* 
Wight writes further, " I have heard my lather say that his father was a merchant at the time of the war of 1812, 
and that the war ruined him financially." 

Note 2. Clarissa Cheney, born September 5, 1798, was daughter of Charles and Sarah (Beal) Cheney, of Mil- 
ford. Charles was a son of Caleb and Mary (Wheelock) Cheney of Milford ; Caleb was son of William and Joanna 
(Thayer) Cheney of Mendou ; William was son of William and grandson of William of Roxbury. See 4 Note; 
Ballou's Milford, 634 ; Ellis' Roxbury, 93. 



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172 The Wights. 



828. Sabin 7 Wight (Abner 6 , Eleazar 5 , Eleazar*, Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 
28, 1800; is said to have removed to Friendship, N. Y., and later to Ohio. He is not further 
traceable. 

829. Mary 7 Wight (Abner 6 , Eleazar 5 , Eleazar*, Eleazar 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
, and her sister Ede 7 Wight (830), born , are untraceable. 

831. Charles 7 Wight (Eli , Harvey 5 , Joshua*, Joslma 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born March 
22, 1827, married in Taylor, N. Y., January 24, 1854, Matilda, born 1832, daughter of John H. 
Keator, of Roxbury, N. Y., a soldier of the war of 1812, son of John C. Keator, a Revolu- 
tionary soldier (Delaware Co., N. Y., History, 279). Charles is a farmer in Cincinnatus, N. Y. 

CHILDREN. 

1763 — 1. Polly M. born November 30, 1854, unmarried in 1887. 

1763. o.2. Abbie, born March 9, 1856, unmarried in 1887. 

1764.— 3. Charles H. born November 19, 1858. 

1764.a.4. Ernest, boru July 4, 1860. unmarried ; manufacturer of butter and cheese at S. 

Pitcher, Chenango Co., N. Y. 

1765.— 5. Thomas, born February 17, 1862. 

1765. a.6. Lewis M. born July 81, 1863, unmarried in 1887. 

1765. b. 7. Fannie, born May 1, 1871, unmarried in 1887. 

832. Fannie 7 Wight (Eli , Harvey 5 , Joshua*, Joshua 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born May 7, 
1830, married February 5, 1850, Charles W. Keator, of Roxbury, born June 8, 1824, brother 
of Matilda (831). He is a farmer in Roxbury. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. John E-s Keator, horn May 10, 1855, married 1878, Carrie A. Sanford. 

2. Mary E. 8 Keator, March 4, 1859— November 1, 1871. 

3 Sarah M.s Keator. born March 31, 1859, married 1882, Ziba S. Hull. 

4. George D. 8 Keator, born July 21, 1861, married 1882, Lettie M. Sanford. 

1. Charles S.« Keator, August 26, 1883— January 13, 1886. 

5. Ella J. 8 Keator, born April 8, 1864. 

6 Bertha M.s Keator, May 31, 1872— April 30, 1876. 

833. Thomas 7 Wight (Eli 6 , Harvey^, Joshua*, Joshua 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born July 20, 
1832, married in Champaign, 111., October 11, 1857, Eliza I. Burlingame, born in Zanesville, 
Ohio, November 1, 1838, daughter of Christopher and Elizabeth R. Burlingame. Thomas is 
a member 01 the board of trade, Chicago. 

CHILD. 

1765. c. 1. Frederick M. born iu Centralia, 111., July 8, 1858, nothing told. 

834. Kniffin G. 7 Wight (Eli 6 , Harvey 5 , Joshua*, Joshua 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Feb- 
ruary 24, 1837, was in New Orleans at the breaking out of the war of the rebellion, came to 
Illinois, enlisted in the cavalry, was stationed in Missouri, was discharged for ill-health and 
died at Chicago, unmarried, February 14, 1864. 

837. Gilbert Aiken 7 Wight (Samuel 6 , Harvey 5 , Joshua*, Joshua 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born February 9, 1840, married at Belvidere, 111., October 11, 1864, Lydia A. Kinyon. Later, 
on October 25, 1887, he married Lula White, of Boone, Iowa. Residence, Boone. 

CHILDREN. 

1765.d.l. Addie May, born in Belvidere, November 16, 1865, nothing told. 
1765.e. 2. Clarence Albert, born in Boonesborough, la., August 28, 1867. 

839. Maria 7 Wight (Samuel 6 , Harvey 5 , Joshua*, Joshua 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Sep- 
tember 25, 1846, married at Rockford, 111., September 10, 1866, Miles Albert Abernathy. He 
is a school-teacher in Sioux City, Iowa. 

descendants. 

1. Frank Edgar 8 Abernathy, born in Boonesborough, la., February 20, 1872, died in Sioux City, July 4, 1885. 

2. Bertie May 8 Abernathy, born in Floyd, Woodbury Co., la , March 10, 1874. 

3 Charles Wood* Abernathy, born in Sioux City, June 6, 1878, died there January 7, 1879. 

4. Clarence Eugene 8 Abernathy, born in Sioux City, November 1, 1879, died there January 9, 1882. 

5! Mellie Louise 8 Abernathy, born in Sioux City, November 23, 1882, died there April 11, 1883. 

840. Mary Emiline 7 Wight (Samuel 6 , Harvey 5 , Joshua*, Joshua 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born December 12, 1849, married at Belvidere, 111., April 24, 1869, John Shattuck. He died 
at Belvidere, June 23, 1872. They had Nellie Belle 8 Shattuck, born in Boonesborough, la., 
February 14, 1870, and John Irving 8 Shattuck, born in Floyd, Woodbury county, la., March - 
14, 1873. 

841. Julia Ellen 7 Wight (Samuel 6 . Harvey 5 , Joshua*, Joshua 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
April 23, 1852, married December, 1872, at Boone, la., John Snell. Residence, Sioux City, la. 



Seventh Generation. 173 



DESCENDANTS. 

1. Bernice Adel s Snell, born iu Boone, December 25, 1873. 

2. Charles Riley s Snell, born in Boone, October 3, 1875. 

3. Josephine* Snell, born in Boone, June 27, 1877. 

4. Maud Odessa* Snell, born in Boone, August 25, 1879, died March 23, 1881. 

5. James Gilberts Snell, born October 23, 1884. 

6. Child, born September 29, 1888. 

843. Mary 7 Wight (John 6 , Harvey 5 , Joshua 4 , Joshua' 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born October, 
14, 1848, married October 15, 1869, Charles Benedict, "and lived in Connecticut." She died 
September 23, 1881. 

844. Ella 7 Wight {John 6 , Harvey 5 , Joshxia 4 , Joshua 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born August 7, 
1852, married October 25, 1873, Charles Bushby, "and moved to some place in Illinois." She 
died August 7, 1885. 

845. Eli 7 Wight (John 6 , Harvey 5 , Joshua 4 , Joshua 3 , Thom.as 2 , Thomas 1 ), born November 
26, 1858, married November 26, 1883, Emma Way. They live at Navarino, N. Y. 

848. Abigail 7 Wight (Jesse 6 , Harvey 5 , Joshua 4 , Joshua 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 
12, 1851, married January 6, 1876, Charles Taylor Berry, a farmer. 

849. William Aaron 7 Wight (Jesse 6 , Harvey 5 , Joshua 4 , Joshua 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
March 22, 1853, married January 20, 1880, Fanny Stevenson. Farmer. 

CHILD. 

1765./. 1. Horace Clinton, born September 18, 1882, nothing told. 

853. Sarah Josephine 7 Wight (Jesse 6 , Harvey 5 , Joshua 4 , Joshua 3 , Thomas 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born March 14, 1863, married January 11, 1883, Jacob Blemlin, a farmer. 

857. John 7 Wight (John 6 , John 5 , Benjamin 4 , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born , 
is a very indistinct character. A guardian was appointed December 29, 1794, in Scituate, 
R. I.,' of him and his two sisters, Deliverance and Lucy, children of John Wight, Jr. Some 
John Wight died in Scituate, April 1, 1827. 

858. Jason 7 Wight (David 6 , John 5 , Benjamin 4 , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Th.omas 1 ), born , 
died with his wife in or near Scituate, R. I., leaving young sons and daughters. 

CHILDREN, 

1766 — 1. Charles, born June 21, 1802. 

1766.a.2. Harrison, born 

1766. b. 3. Elsie, born 

1766. c. 4. Betsey, born 

1766. d. 5. Almira, born 

861. Prudence 7 Wight (David 6 , John 5 , Benjamin 4 , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
, married Cyril Bailey, and lived many years in Abington and Waverly, 
Pa. They had David 8 and Stephen®, both of whom died single in Abington, and Alma 8 , who 
married her cousin, Charles Bailey, removed to Minonk, 111., and died childless. 

863. Olney 7 Wight (David 6 , John 5 , Benjamin 4 , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 

, had wife, Ruth. He purchased in 1808 a small lot in Scituate, R. I., but 
sold it in 1810. Olney and bis wife both died in Scituate. It is believed Olney died first and 
his widow married again. There were at least the following 

CHILDREN. 
1767 1. ICHABOD, 

1768 ■>. Olney P., born about 1809. 

1769 3. Louisa, 

1770 4. ROSILLA, 

1771.— 5. Hannah, died young, "she was scared about to death and never quite re- 

covered from it." . 

864. Owen 7 Wight (Aaron 6 , John 5 , Benjamin 4 , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 }, born Octo- 
ber 4, 1785, went when of age on horseback from Scituate, R. I., to St. Lawrence Co., N. Y., 
where he resided until 1832. He married in DeWitt (now Russell), in that county, April 2, 
1812, Elizabeth, born in Grafton, Vt., June 1, 1791, daughter of Ephraim and Sarah (Page) 
Mathews. Owen's eight children were born in Canton, St. Lawrence county, and the six 
eldest are buried in the South Canton brick chapel church-yard. Owen was drafted in the 
war of 1812. He was a minute man, and was called out to service but once when the British 
made a feint of crossing the St. Lawrence river at Ogdensburgh. In 1832, being in poor 
health, Owen moved his family to Abington, Pa., where he died August 12, 1843, and where 
his widow died April 29, 1857. 



x74 The Wights. 



CHILDREN. 

1772 1. Son, born January 6, 1313, died January 8, 1813. 

1773 — 2. Irene, born May 25, 1814, died April 8, 1815. 

177A — 3. Son, born and died August 3U, 1817. 

1775.— 4. Benjamin Owen, born September 30, 1818, died July 10, 1830. 

1776, 1777.— 5, 6. Twin daughters born and died April 1, 1822. 

17 78 — 7. Sarah Irene, born April 20, 1823. 

1779 — 8. Celinda Elizabeth, born September 9, 1829. 

S6o. Stephen 7 Wight {Aaron 6 , John 5 , Benjamin 4 -, Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
September lb, 1788, married Seretha Williams. He removed from Scituate to Cranston, R. I., 
where, January 1, 1817, be leased a farm for ten years. He worked for over forty years in 
tbe Sprague mills in Cranston. He and bis wife sold land in Cranston in 1844. He died soon 
after his brother Owen — exact date not fixed. In April, 1S52, Stephen's widow Seretha and 
bis son and legatee, James Wight, conveyed a portion of Stephen's estate. 

CHILDREN. 

1780 — 1. Nehemiah, born 

1781.— 2. Irene, born , " lived to be a young lady and died since 1810." 

1782.— 3. James, born , died after 1855. 

866. Mary 7 Wight (Aaron'', John 5 , Benjamin*, Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Janu- 
ary 2, 1791, married Joseph Edwards, and lived in Abington, Pa., where their children were 
born, and where Joseph and Mary died — the latter in March, 1865. 

DESCENDANTS. 



Chesterville s Edwards, born June 11, 1S14, married January 29, 1832, at East Greenwich, R. I., Wil- 
owen Millard, born in East Greenwich, June 10, 1811, died June 7, I860, son of Martin and Rebecca 



Etheline 
liam Bow< 
(Owlin) Millard. Etheline died in Whitewater, Wis., March 2, 1887. 

1. Mary Jane 9 Millard, born August 26, 1832, died in infancy. 

2. William Martin' J Millard, born September 15, 1833, died in infancy. 

3. Ruth Clark Millard, burn November 21, 1834, died in infancy. 

4. Malinda Edwards" Millard, born March 17, 1836, married in "East Greenwich, April 7, 1S53, Charles P 

Holway, born March 17, 1828. Their children, all born in East Greenwich, are living. 

1. Charles Martin 10 Holway, born January 25, 1854, married November 6, 1886, Clara Isabel Fisk 

2. George Gurnsey 10 Holway, born April 4, 1855, married November 16, 1881, Zilpha L. Butterworth 

1. Celia B. 11 Holway, born April 20 1883. 

2. Charles Edwards" Holway, born April 19, 1885 

3. William Edgar 11 Holway, born August 13, 1887. 

3. Eliza Frances 10 Holway, born September 24, 1857. 

4. Joseph 10 Holway, born October 9, 1859. 

5. Lydia Colman 10 Uolway, born March 13, 1861. 

5. William Martin" Millard, born December 5, 1837, died in infancy. 

6. Joseph Bowen 9 Millard, born December 1, 1838, died in infancy. 

7. Julia Bowen 9 Millard, born May 3, 1840, married iu R. I., December 23, 1859, Elisha Woodward. Chil- 

dren born in Brooklyn, Conn., are all living. 

1. Lillian Chesterville 10 Woodward, born July 29, 1862. 

2. Jerome M. 10 Woodward, born May 8, 1866. 

3. Ninette 10 Woodward, born February 21, 1871. 

4. Edwin W. 10 Woodward, born October 28, 1875. 

5. Frederick S. 10 Woodward, born August 18, 1882. 

8. Rebecca Owlin 9 Millard, born June 25, 1842, married March 9, 1859, Elisha Garden Harris, born in Brook- 

lyn, Conn., April 21, 1831. They moved in 1868 to Whitewater, Wis., and now reside there. 

1. James Elisha 10 Harris, born in Brooklyn, Juue 14, 1860, married Nov. 8, 1886, May Cora Culver. 

2. George Bowen 10 Harris, born in Brooklyn, December 31, 1861, died August 6, 1863. 

3. Alice Antoinette 10 Harris, born in Brooklyn, May 3 ■>, 1864. 

4. Ira Courtland 10 Harris, born in Brooklyn, October 6. 1865. 

5. Anna Dora 10 Harris, born in Cold Spring, Wis., October 2, 1870. 

6. Ina Bertha 10 Harris, born in Cold Spring, June 6, 1872. 

7. Ida Hattie 10 Harris, born in Cold Spring, June 6, 1872. 

9. Etheline Chesterville 9 Millard, born February 22, 1843, died in infancy, 

10. Samuel Martin 9 Millard, born February 22, 1844, married April 7, 1874, Rosalind Payne. They have 

Charles Martin 10 , Fred 10 , James 10 and Lottie Rosa 10 Millard. 

11. Fiancis Theodore 9 Millard, bom November 25, 1845, married in Abington, December 10, 1868, Emma J. 9 

Welch, below, born April 15, 1851. They moved into Wisconsin in March, 1869. 

1. Leo F. 10 Millard, born February 12, 1870. 

2. Jesse W. 10 Millard, born December 1, 1871. 

3. Edith L. 10 Millard, born June 13, 1873. 

4. Gertie B. 10 Millard, born February 2, 1875. 

5. Freddie B. 10 Millard, born September 26, 1885. 

12. Mary Cinderella 9 Millard, born October 26, 1848, died in infancy. 

13. William Bowen 9 Millard, born October 13, 1849, married in Cold Spring, Docember 31, 1873, Mary Jane 

Payne. There was a divorce and he married March 7, 1883, Edma Viola,, born August 25, 1862, 
daughter of Norman and Lovisa (Bailey) Ting.ey, of Abington 

1. Everett Bowen 10 Millard, born February 25, 1875. 

2. Archibald Edgar 10 Millard, born April 3, 1877. 

3. William Herman 10 Millard, born March 2, ls84. 

4. Irving Howard 10 Millard, born November 23. 1885. 

14. James Fillmore 9 Millard, born January 25, 1850, died in infancy. 

15. Eliza Josephine 9 Millard, born May 4, 1852, died in infancy. 

16. Celia Melissa 9 Millard, born December 3, 1854, married July 3, 1873, Walter Parish, born April 24, 1849, 

son of George and Sarah (Cogins) Parish, of England. They live in Cold Spring, where were born 
Jennie 10 , born May 20, 1874; Minnie Dell 10 , born December 28, 1877; Grace Maud 1 ", born March 16, 
1880; Chester Walker 10 , born January 3, 1882. 

17. Edwin 9 Millard, born June 9, 1856, died in infancy. 



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2. Malinda 8 Edwards, married Reuben Barney in R. I. They lived in Lenoxville, Susquehanna Co., Pa. They 

had 18 children, 8 of whom grew up. 

3. Julia 8 Edwards, married a Carpenter, in New York state. No children. 

4. Fayette 8 Edwards, married Stephen Welch and had two children. She and a daughter are dead. 

5. Lovilla 8 Edwards, born August 2. 1832, married June 14, 1848, Isaac, son of Eliezer and Hannah (Sales) Welch. 

Upon his death Lovilla married Septembers, 1866, Amos, son of Aaron Markham. He died February 24, 
1888, in Whitewater, where his widow resides. 

1. Florences Welch, born 1850, died May 14, 1883, married 1869 Albert, son of Charles and Dora (Myers) 

Hnvens, of South Berlin, N. Y. 

2. Emma J. 9 V\ elch, born April 15, 1851, married Francis Theodore Millard, above. 

3. Edwin 9 Markhrtm, born 1867, married August, 1884, Dora Myers. 

4. Charles" Markham, born 1869. 

6. Montcalm 8 Edwards, married in Pennsylvania Sarah Wilmot. Several children. Residence, Dalton, Pa. 

7. William Bradford 8 Edwards, married and lives in Pennsylvania. 

8. Cinderella 8 Edwards. 

867. Eunice 7 Wight (Aaron 6 , John 5 , Benjamin 41 , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born April 
11, 1793, married in Scituate, R. I., September 19, 1814, Joseph Colvin, born August 30, 1791, 
in Coventry, R. I. Eunice died in Abington, Pa., June 27, 1854. Joseph died in Scranton, 
Pa., April 16, 1880. Their children were born in Abington. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Ocena 8 Colvin, born September 15, 1815. married in Abington, May 12, 1833, Jason P. Colvin, of Coventry, 

R. I. Their children were born in Abington. Residence, Scranton. 

1. Norman Oscar" Colvin, born December 8, 1834. married in Providence, R. I., August 13, 1854, Ann E. 

Corey. Children born in Abington. He enlisted at Scranton June 27, 1862, in Co. E, 15th Infantry, 
regular army, was promoted to sergeantcy, was in active service until captured after Chickamaug'a, 
September 20, 1863, and died in Libby Prison hospital. Richmond, January 12, 1864. 

1. Edwin R. 10 Colvin, born July 28, 1856, married in Scranton, 1S80, Frances Warman, of Scranton. 

1. Norman 11 Colvin, born in Scranton September, 1886. 

2. Ella 1 " Colvin, born March 21, 1858, resides with her mother in Scranton. 

3. Florence 1£. 10 Colvin, born January 15. 1861, resides with her mother in Scranton. 

2. Alvira Adelia" Colvin, born April 21. 1837, married in Abington September, 1854, Asa B. Stevens, o 

Windsor, N. Y. They reside in Scranton. Pa. 

1. Fred E. 10 Stevens, married and resides in Scranton. 

2. Julian G. 10 Stevens, married and resides in Scranton 

3. Theodore" Colvin, born June 30. 1844, enlisted in Philadelphia August 26, 1861, in Co. K, Uth Pa. Cav.. 

was wounded at Black water, Va., March 17, 1863, and was discharged August 31, 1864; he re-enlisted 
February 17. 1865, in Co. C, 79th Reg. Pa Veteran Vols., and was discharged July 12. 1865. He mar- 
ried C. Louise Berry, of Owego, N. Y. On September 18, 1878, in Rose county, Ohio, he married 
Louisa J. Beatty. He resides in Scranton. 

1. Clarence Burtram 10 Colvin, born in Scranton May 3, 1867, resides with his father. 

2. Alice Urilla 10 Colvin, born in scranton July 1, 1871. died there August 1, 1871. 

3. Charles M. 10 Colvin, born in Greenfield, Ohio, October 2, 1879. 

4. Elvira M. 10 Colvin, born in Greenfield September 7, 1881. 

, 5. Harvey M.W Colvin. born in Greenfield February 11, 1884. 

4. Melburne Addison" Colvin, born August 24, 1848, married January, 1871, Theresa Robinson. Residence, 

Baldwinsville, N. Y. 

1. Robert 1 " Colvin, born at Scranton July 3, 1872, lives in Baldwinsville. 

2. William Nichols 8 Colvin, born November 30, 1818, married January 3, 18*9, Polly G. Rice, in Abington, where 

his children were born. She died in Palmyra, Wis., February 26, 1864. He married in Palmyra, Novem- 
ber 9, 1864, Mrs. Satah C. Goodman. Residence. Watertown, Dakota. 

1. Martin Earl" Colvin, born April 20, 1840, died in Abington August 5, 1864; a member of 1st Wisconsin 

Heavy Artillery. 

2. Edwin Joseph" Colvin, born March 23, 1843, died in Palmyra July 12. 1861. 

3. Myron Douglas" Colvin, born November 20, 1844, died in Prairie du Chien, Wis., December 28, 186). 

3. Anson George 8 Colvin, born May 8, 1*21, married in Benton, Pa., March 24, 1842, Mercy Gorman born in Ben- 

ton July 27, 1821. Anson died in Waverly, Pa., October 15, 1865; his widow resides in Nicholson, Pa. Their 
children were born in Abington. 

1. Clifton" Colvin, born March 29, 1845, married at Nicholson, June 8, 1866, Elizabeth Raymond, born 

October 19, 1848. Residence, Green Ridge, Pa. 

1. William Anson 10 Colvin, born at Nicholson March 16, 1867. 

2. Mary Mav 10 Colvin, born at Nicholson October 25, 1869, married February 12, 1886, Oscar J. 

Meyers", born June 4, 1859, died May 10, 1887. 
1. Oscar J. 11 Meyers, born January 12, 1888. 

3. Hattie R. 10 Colvin, born at Green Ridge July 29, 1880. 

2. Oscar L." Colvin, born December 2 >, 1848. married in Nicholson, February 12, 1886, Lucia E. Stevens, 

born in Abington January 29, 1857. Residence, Nicholson. 

4. Charles Alexander 8 Colvin, born August 2, 1826, married in Abington, October 31, 1850, Susan Eliza Bailey, 

born in Abington November 2, 1829. He moved to Whitewater, Wis., in November, 1854, and to Peckham, 
Neb., in April, 1884, where he died December 17, 1888. 

1. Ada Ophelia" Colvin, born in Abington August 24, 1851, married in Nicholson, March 12, 1884, William 

Henry Colvin, born in Lenox, Pa. He is said to be a great-graudson of a female cousin of Aaron 6 
Wight (356), who married an Edwards. They moved to Nebraska in 1884. 

1. Arba Daniel 10 Colvin, born in NebraskaMay 17, 1885. 

2. Ina May 10 Colvin, born in Nebraska March 4, 1888 

2. Arthur Bailey" Colvin, born in Whitewater July 27, 1853, died there January 10, 1879. 

5. Marvin R. 8 Colvin, born March 11, 1832, married in Scranton January 7, 1858, Hannah E. Landis. Residence, 

Scranton. 

1. Edwin J." Colvin, died in infancy. 

2. Curtis Piatt" Colvin, born in Scranton in 1859, married and resides there. 

868. Gorton 7 Wight (Aaron 6 , John 5 , Benjamin 41 , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
June 12, 1795, seems to have been a man of much enterprise. When about 21 years of age 
he walked from his Rhode Island home into Pennsylvania, established himself in Luzerne 
County and returned for his parents. They and most of the children went with Gorton and 



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passed the remainder of their days in Abington in that county. Gorton married in Abing- 
ton, November 7, 1817, Mehetabel, born November 1, 1792, daughter of William and Elizabeth 
(Williams) Barber. She was born in Connecticut, but her parents early moved into New 
York and settled at Pittsfield, Otsego County. Gorton followed his son and grandchildren 
into Wisconsin and died at Whitewater, May 26, 1868. He was a farmer. His widow is now 
(1889) living in Whitewater. Her son Lyman 8 , his daughter Mehetabel , her daughter, 
Mary 10 Holmes, and her daughter, Grace 11 Cox, all living, make five generations. Gorton 
had but one child. 

CHILD. 

1783.— 1. Lyman, boru in Benton, Lucerne County, Pa., August 23, 1819. 

870. John 7 Wight (Aaron 8 , John", Benjamin*, Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ) born March 
7, 1800, married in Abington, Roby Bailey. They lived in Abington, where their children 
were born. John died in December, 1860. His wife died, aged 55, in the summer of 1860. 

CHILDREN. 

1784. — 1. Son, born , died young, 

1785.— 2. Serena or Cyrena, born 
1786 3. Sy-lvania, born 

871. Peiscilla 7 Wight (Aaron 6 , John 5 , Benjamin 4 ', Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
October 23, 1803, married in Abington in the summer of 1819, Stephen Whitman. She lived 
in Abington, where her children were born. She died in 1826 and her husband in 1866. 

descendants 

1. Owens whitman, married Miss Champlain, of Greenwich, R. I. He was killed by the cars at Centreville, R. I. 

2. Harrison 8 Whitman, married Miss Gardner and lives at Dalion, Pa. Children. 

872. Celinda 7 Wight (Aaron , John 5 , Benjamin 4 ', Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
February 28, 1806, married Oliver Carpenter. Her children were born in Luzerne, Pa. She 
died in that state a few years after her brother Owen. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Louisa 8 Carpenter, born June 20, 1823, married September 17, 1839, Silas A. Taylor, born October 30, 1819. 

1. Reuben W. 9 Taylor, born April 11, 1811, married January 1, 1862. 

2. John L.° Taylor, born February 3, 1843, died January 27, 1872. 

3. Theodore O. 9 Tavlor. born October 7. 1815. married August 13, 1864, Caroline H. Taylor, born March 2, 1844. 

1. Jennie May 10 Taylor, born May 25, 1870. 

2. Charles F.i° Taylor, born September 9, 1871. 

3. Alice Maud™ Tavlor, born April IS, 1880. 

4. Bessie M. 10 Taylor, born Julv 2, 1887. 

4. Adelia A. 9 Taylor, born March 19, 1847, died September 16, 187S; she married January 10, 1866. 

5. Henry M. 9 Tavlor, born July 17, 1849, 

6. Lansford C. 9 Taylor, October 25, 1851— January 21, 1873. 

7. Ruth A.° Tavlor, born August 6, 1857. 

8. Dora V. 9 Tavlor, born October 30, 1860. 

9. Wilford C 9 Taylor, born June 27, 1865. 

2. Alma 8 Carpenter, born January 6, 1825. married a Greene, and lives in Fleetville, Lackawanna Co., Pa. 

3. Alvah 8 Carpenter, born August 12, 1828, was killed in the Mexican war. 

4. Alzana 8 Carpenter, born November 15. 1831. 

5. Jerome Bonaparte 8 Carpenter, born April 80, 1833, lived in Factoryville, Pa., where his wife is one of the edi- 

tors of Seed- Time and Harvest 

6. William Alonzo 8 Carpenter, born October 18, 1837. 

7. Ezra E. T. 8 Carpenter, born June 25, 1840. 

8. Benjamin Owen 8 Carpenter, born April 29, 1843. 

9. Wesley Monroe 8 Carpenter, born May 22, 1846, 
10. Martha H. 8 Carpenter, born October 20, 1848. 

874. Joseph 7 Wight (Samuel , Benjamin 5 , Benjamin 1 , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born . It is difficult to distinguish him from his uncle Joseph 6 (372). He 
seems to have resided in Coventry, Cranston and Scituate, R. I. He may be the Joseph 
noted at 372 whose wife was Polly and who died early in 1834. 

875. Abigail 7 Wight (Samuel , Benjamin 5 , Benjamin 4 -, Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born , married a Blackmar. 

875a. Thomas Alfred 7 Wight (Samuel , Benjamin 5 , Benjamin 4 ', Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , 
Thomas 1 ), born October 28, 1817, was married and had three daughters and a son. The last 
died in the late war. Thomas died in Providence, R. I., about 1874-5. 

876. Edmund Horatio 7 Wight (Samuel , Benjamin 5 , Benjamin 4 , Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , 
Thomas 1 ), born November 23, 1819, married November 7, 1541, Melita Hopkins (1783, Note), 
They had no children. Edmund died April 6, 1873, and is buried in a graveyard in Coventry, 
R. I., its sole occupant. His widow resides at or near Foster, R. I. 

877. Benjamin 7 Wight (Joseph , Benjamin 5 , Benjamin 4 . Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born Mav 10, 1781, married Martha Trim and lived in Warwick, R. I. 



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CHILDREN. 

1787.— 1. Maria, born 

1788. — 2. Phebe, born , nothing known. 

878. Charles 7 Wight (Joseph , Benjamin 5 , Benjamin 4 ", Benjamin*, Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
November 21, 1782, married January 10, 1808, Cyntbia Potter, born October 4, 1786, daughter 
of Pardon and Penelope (Sheldon) Potter. Charles resided in Cranston, Warwick, and 
Providence and died at Providence, R. I., October 29, 1852. His widow died July 29, 1864. 

CHILDREN. 

1789.— 1. Sheldon Wall, born in N. Providence, September 24, 1808. 

1790. — 2. Mary, born December 29, 1810, died unmarried in Providence, March 21, 1841. 

1791 3. Pardon Potter, born in Warwick, May 26, 1817. 

1792 4. Edward Low, born in Warwick, August 2, 1820. 

879. Huldah 7 Wight (Joseph , Benjamin 5 , Benjamin 4 ", Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
May 18, 1785, married William Bowen Fenner and lived in Warwick, R. I. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Laura s Fenner, married Benjamin Williams, now dead. She lives in Natick, R. I. 

2. Selena 8 Fenner, married Christopher Chappell. Residence Warwick. 

3. Rebecca 8 Kenner, married William Stafford. Residence Warwick. 

4. Susan 8 Fenner, married Joseph Johnson, deceased. She lives in Providence. '. 

5. Ellen 8 Fenner, married a Potter and is dead. 

6. Amos G. 8 Fenner (April 6, 180"— November 10, 1882), married September 2, 1833, Hannah Burlingame, born 

June 3, 1805, died April 28, 1879. 
1. William Earle 9 Fenner, born February 9, 1837, married August 16, 1859, D. Austice Holley, born Febru- 
ary 21, 1835. Residence Mansfield, Conn. 

1. Frank Earle 10 Fenner, born July 16, 1865, of Mansfield, married September 12, 1888, Minnie Davis. 

880. Mahala 7 Wight (Joseph , Benjamin 5 , Benjamin 4 ", Benjamin 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born about 1796, married as his second wife, Charles, son of Captain John Low, of War- 
wick. She died, aged 58 years, August 10, 1854, at the residence in Providence, R. I., of 
her only child. This child, Frances Bush 8 Low, born June 4, 1821, married January 2, 1844, 
James H. Coggeshall, formerly of New Bedford, Mass., now of Providence. Mrs. Coggeshall 
died January 20, 1860, having had four children, one of whom survives, Jessie L. 9 Coggeshall, 
of Providence, born October 4, 1849. 

881. Caroline Metcalf 7 Wight (Pliny , Nathan 5 , Elnathan 4 ", Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born September 20, 1807, married in Wales, Mass., May 1, 1835, Cbauncey Dimmick Brewer, 
born in Franklin, Vt., May 6, 1807, son of John and Susannah (Dimmick) Brewer. There 
were no children. Residence, Wales. 

882. Preston Fletcher 7 Wight (Pliny , Nathan 5 , Elnatham 4 ", Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born April 20, 1809, is still living, a farmer in Wales, Mass. He married November 3, 1832, 
Sabria Nelson Young, born in Wales March 21, 1813, daughter of William and Hannah 
(Walker) Young, of Wales. She died there August 21, 1862. Preston was for many years 
class-leader in the Methodist church in Wales. He is a man much inclined to sociability, 
yet a lover of books. He married second June 6, 1863, Maria Wriley Stetson, born in Charl- 
ton, Mass., May 3, 1823, daughter of Samuel and Caroline (Boyden) Stetson, of Charlton. 
She died in Wales July 7, 1888. 

CHILDREN. 

1793.— 1. William Harrison, born in Brimfield, February 10, 1834. 

1794 — 2. Henry Kirke, born in Brimfield, January 28, 1836. 

1795.— 3. Charlotte Amelia, born in Wales, April 2, 1840. 

1796.^1. Mary Louisa, born in Wales, May 13, 1842. 

883. Leonard Burke 7 Wight (Pliny 6 , Nathan 5 , Elnathan 4 ", Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born August 31, 1811, married in Holland, Mass., March 31, 1833, Lucy, daughter of Elisha 
and Lucy (Chandler) Marcy, of Holland, born there May 1, 1814. Lucy died in Wales May 
2, 1842 (Chandler's Chandler Family, 532). Leonard was town clerk of Wales, 1840-1843, and 
was selectman during the years 1845, 1846, 1847. He married November 29, 1842, Mercy 
Wood Bigelow, born in Chester, Mass;, November 21, 1812, daughter of Daniel and Mercy 
(Wood) Bigelow, of Chester. Mercy had been a teacher at New Salem, Franklin, Shelburne 
Falls and Cbarlestown, Mass. Leonard was a merchant while living in Wales. He removed 
from there to mercantile pursuits in Springfield, Mass., and in 1856 took up his' residence in 
Chicago, 111., where he died April 4, 1884. His widow resides with her son Eugene in Wash- 
ington, D. C. Leonard's children were born in Wales. 

children. 

1797 1. Emily Lucy, born June 11, 1834. 

1798.— 2. Charles Leonard, born October 20, 1839. 

1798. a.3. Albert L,, born August 19, 1841, died in Wales, May 7, 1842, of measles. 

1799 — 4. Eugene Barton, born December 6. 1848. 

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S84. Nathw Davenport 7 Wight (Pliny , Nathan 5 , Elnathan 4 , Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born May 7, 1813, married in Wales, November 12, 1841 , Lavinia, born in Wales, May 23, 1808, 
daughter of Nathan and Lavinia (Needham) Bond, of Bond's Village (Palmer), Mass. Nathan 
resides in Bond's Village, where, for twenty-five years, he was postmaster. His wife died in 
Palmer, May 31, 1873. He married August 4, 1883, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth (born Kendall), 
widow of Erasmus Harvey. She was born in Palmer, October 13, 1825. 

CHILD. 

1799.0.1. Jennie Lavinia, born in Wales, February 24, 1846, died unmarried in Palmer, January 
31,1873. 

885. Mary Lawrence 7 Wight (Pliny 6 , Nathan 5 , Elnathan*, Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born July 17, 1815, married in Wales, Mass., May 22, 1841, Warren Shaw, born in Wales, 
March 7," 181(5, son of Solomon and Polly (Davis) Shaw, of Wales (Davis' Dams Family, 474). 
He " had at various times filled all the important town offices and represented the town in 
1852 in the General Court at Boston. He was vice-president of the savings bank for twenty 
years. He was formerly in company with his brother Elijah, under the firm name of the 
Shaw Manufacturing Company," (Springfield Republican, March 30, 1889). He was for eight 
years postmaster of Wales. Warren died childless in Wales, March 27, 1889. His widow 
survives. 

886. Nancy Haven 7 Wight (Pliny , Nathan 5 , Elnathan*, Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
February 7, 1818, married November 4, 1841, Doliver Johnson, born April 28,1815, son of 
Lyman and Anna (Child) Johnson, of Sturbridge, Mass. The family have lived for many 
years in Whitestown, N. Y. Mr. Johnson died in New York City, February 11, 1849. 

DESCENDANT. 

1. Anna Marina 8 Johnson, born in Springfield , Mass., July 30, 1849, A. B. Vassar, '76; A. M. Cornell, '83, has 
taught at Vassar, and is now (1889) teacher in High School, Brookline, Mass. 

888. Lyman Lincoln 7 Wight (Pliny , Nathan 5 , Elnalhan 1 , Joseph, Surnuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born July 21, 1822, studied in New York as a physician and surgeon and practiced his pro- 
fession there for some time. About 1850 he removed to Whitestown, N. Y., where he is a 
wealthy and respected citizen, devoting his time to metaphysical studies and agricultural and 
business pursuits. Dr. Wight is a dairyman and an extensive cheese manufacturer. A number 
of the Pall Mall (London) Gazette in 1882 now before me reads: "Three of the largest cheeses 
yet made arrived in the Clyde a few days ago; one of them is 2,400 pounds in weight and the 
other two 2,100 pounds each; they measure 5 feet in diameter by 2 feet 2 inches deep, the 
total circumference being 16 feet; they are said to be of splendid quality and are the product 
of six days' milk of a herd of 800 cows owned by Dr. L. L. Wight, Whitestown, N. Y." Dr. 
Wight married October 6, 1847, Mary Marilla, born September 16, 1829, only child of Julius 
and Hannah (Griswold) Watkins, of Whitestown. 

child. 
1800 1. Julius Watkins, born in Whitestown, February 5, 1860. 

889. Martha Thompson 7 Wight (Theron , Nathan 5 , Elnathan 4 , Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born July 23, 1817, married in Warsaw, N. Y., January 6, 1840, William Henry, son of William 
and Deborah (Morris) Martin. William Henry was born in Charlton, Saratoga County, N.Y., 
July 2, 1810. In July, 1843, they removed to homesteads on Plum Creek, Delaware County, 
Iowa, going by lake to Chicago and by ox-teams to their destination. The privations of all 
early settlers in a new country befell them. In 1851 Plum Creek, swollen by heavy rains, 
invaded their home and the water arose above the cook stove in the lower floor — Mrs. Mar- 
tin being ill in her chamber above. In 1853 a large house and barn succeeded their former 
log dwelling. On this farm were born all of Mrs. Martin's children except the eldest child. 
Mrs. Martin died September 16, 1869. Mr. Martin remarried in 1871 and removed in 1874 to 
Hopkinton, Delaware County, Iowa, four miles from his farm. In 1877 he was elected mayor 
of Hopkinton and was a man of influence in the community. He died there June 10, 1884. 

DESCENDANTS. 

1. Adelma Louisa" Martin, born in New York state, January 20, 1842, married at Delhi, Iowa, February 10, 1859, 
William M. Reed, a farmer in North Fork township, Iowa. He died April 30, 1872. Adelma is a successful 
farmer with post-office address Hopkinton. 

1. Arthur Henry" Reed, born March 16. 1860, married Carrie Marshall; a farmer at Albion, Boone Co , Neb. 

2. Nellie Luella'" Reed, born July 19, 1861, married March 1, 1888, Uriah T. Wheeler, a farmer at Hopkinton. 

3. Clifford Theron" Reed, born November 25, 1863. 

4. Frank E.° Reed, born March 15, 1866. 

5. William E." Reed, born August 12, 1868. 

6. Raymond M." Heed, born September. 1872. 

2 Belva Elnora* Martin, September 22, 1844— January 22, 1859. 

3 Mary Adelaide" Martin, born April 5, 1H47, married February 23, 1871, Johu Thomas Gosting, born April 22, 

1846. He is an Englishman ; he served in the Federal cavalry nbout two years during the rebellion. He is 
engaged in farming and stock-raising at Le Mars, Iowa. Children: 1. Alice", born June 6, 1874 ; 2. William 
Henry", born August 21, 1876 ; 3. Ralph", born August 18, 1880 ; 4. Roy Randolph" Gosling, born December 
24, 1885. 



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4. Ann Geraldihe 8 Martin, born February 4, 1849, married July 4, 1868, George W. Pope, born in Halifax, Mass., a 

descendant, through his mother, Lydia Stuytavant.ot Captain Church. He was in business in Earlville, 
Dubuque and Monticello, Iowa, and removed in November, 1879, to Stockton, Kansas, and travels for a boot 
and shoe house. Children: 1. Gertrude Isbell 9 , born in Dubuque, July 6, 1871; 2. Maud M.», born in 
Dubuque, .lulv 30, 187:-!, died July 8, 1874; 3. Ralph Wendell", bora iu Monticello, December 13, 1878; 
4. Annie Ethel 9 . Pope, born in Stockton, July 15, 1883. 

5. Ellen Isadore 8 Martin, botn May 24, 1851, married January, 1875, John Thomas, an Englishman, formerly a 

farmer near Dyersville, Iowa, now of Elliott, Montgomery County, Iowa. Children : Bertha" (now deceased), 
Clarence 9 , Henry 9 , Frank 9 and Hope 9 Thomas. 

6. Albiria Estelle 8 Martin, born'January 6, 1854, married March 6, 1872, Bowman Browder, a farmer and proprie- 

tor of a hardware store at Albion, Neb. Son Arthur 9 Browder. 

7. Henrietta Martha* Martin, born December 9, 1857, graduated June, 1879, at Lenox Collegiate Institute, Hop- 

kinton ; married September 1, 1886, Oliver H. P. Jeffries, M. D. of Rush College, Chicago, a physician in 
Hopkinton. Son Henry 9 , born March, 1888, 

8. Adele Caroline" Martin, born September 16, 1859, resides with Mrs Jeffries, in Hopkintou. 

890. Eliab 7 Wight (Theron , Nathan*, Elnathan 4 , Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born Sep- 
tember 6, 1819, died in Attica, N. Y., August 18, 1825. His fatber wrote me: "When Eliab 
was born it was 'general training day,' I was then ensign of the 99th regiment of infantry; 
they surrounded the house and gave us a salute." 

892. Randolph Harvey 7 Wight (Ther on" , Nathan 6 , Elnathan i , Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born August 18, 1827, married January 28, 1858, Orpha Elizabeth Durfee, born at Wyoming, 
N. Y., September 6, 1832, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Durfee, of Fall River, Mass., and 
Wyoming, N. Y. Randolph has a farming and grazing ranch in New York Valley, Contra 
Costa County, Cal., where his children were born. He and his brother Charles reside 
within a mile of each other and are prosperous and respected citizens. 

CHILDKF.N. 

1801 1. Sarah Emma, born March 28, 1859. 

1803.— 2. Mary Louise, born December 5, 1860. 

893. Charles Nathan 7 Wight (Theron , NatJian 5 , Elnalhan 1 , Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born August 5, 1833, married in Green Valley, Contra Costa County, Cal., January 13, 1870, 
Sarah Elizabeth Huntington, a teacher of Green Valley. She was born at Hallowell, Me., 
■March 4, 1848, daughter of Josiah S. and Sarah Elizabeth (Sargent) Huntington. Mr. Wight 
has a farming and grazing ranch of 700 acres in New York Valley, where his children were 
born. Post office: Black Diamond, Contra Costa County, Cal. 

CHILDREN. 

1803.a.l. Nellie Chadbourne, born June 4, 1871, is at State Normal School, San Jose. 

•1803.5 2. Martha Louisa, born April 19, 1873, is at State Normal School, San Jose. 

I803.c. 3. Charles Huntington, born November 13, 1874, resides with his parents. 

1803. rf.4. Walter Wallace, born February 6, 1879, resides with his parents. 

1803. e. 5. Albert Randolph, born July 26, 1881, resides with his parents. 

1803./. 6. Ralph Harold, born November 29, 1887, resides with his parents. 

895. Francis Leland 7 Wight (Seneca , Eliab 6 , Elnathan*, JosepK 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born May 29, 1820, married October 5, 1854, Mary Elizabeth Bridges. The family lived in 
Bellingham, Mass.. where Mary died July 28, 1856, and where her husband died April 17, 1859. 

child. 
1803.— 1. Mary Flora, born in Bellingham, June 4, 1856. 

89G. Jane Elizabeth 7 Wight (Amherst , Eliab 6 , Elnathan 1 , Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), 
born February 28, 1827, married April 30, 1845, Samuel Mundy Meeker, bom August 2ti, 1820, 
son of David and Elizabeth (Mundy) Meeker, of Brooklyn, N. Y. Family residence, Brooklyn. 

descendants. 

1. Elizabeths Meeker, born May 14, 1846, married first May 26, 1864, Gorham Noble, who died July 18, 1870. She 

married second, November 12, 1874, Sumner W. Bugbee. They live in Brooklyn. 

2. Joanna Wight 8 Meeker, born April 2, 1849, married February 12, 1878, Dr. Lewis E. Meeker. 

3. Anne Louise 8 Meeker, born April 4, 1851. 

4. Mary Eva 8 Meeker, born January 19, 1853. 

5. Caroline Wilmarth 8 Meeker, born February 18, 1855, is dead. 

6. Samuel Mundy 8 Meeker, born June 4, 1857. 

7. Julia Adele 8 Meeker, born August 30, 1861. 

8. Jessie Mav 8 Meeker, born November 8, 1863, is dead. 

9. Irank Hubert 8 Meeker, born July 18, 1866. 

897. Amherst 7 Wight (Amherst , Eliab 5 , Elnathan^, Joseph 3 , Samuel 2 , Thomas 1 ), born 
August 15, 1828, was a lawyer in New York. His school advantages were very limited, and 
were ended at his thirteenth year, yet he applied himself assiduously to study and became 
proficient in all the English branches of education. He became also apt in the classics — an 
acquirement which offered much solace to his later years. When about 15 years of age he 
began the study of the law and was admitted to the bar upon attaining his majority after an 
examination which indicated conscientious and thorough application. For many years he 
practiced in New York, where he had an office in connection with his father. In April, 1S56, 
he married Adelaide Augusta Louis Griswold, born November 28, 1827, daughter of Daniel 



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S. and Mary Anne (Dunham) Griswold. In 1869 he removed his office to Port Chester, 
Westchester County, N. Y., where he resided. There his office and home remained until 
his death; his practice after his removal being mostly in Westchester County. On May 
15, 1864, his wife died. On June 20, 1867, he married Ellen, daughter of John and Margaret 
Abendroth. Her father had been an iron-monger in Darmstadt, but had emigrated to this 
country to avoid the conscription of his sons into the German army. In 1871, ©ut of deference 
to the wishes of a large portion of the citizens of his town, Amherst accepted the Republican 
nomination for supervisor and was triumphantly elected, although the Democratic vote largely 
preponderated in the town. To the same office he was re-elected the following year by a 
large majority. In 1873 he accepted the nomination of the same party for the assembly in 
his district, which was Democratic by about 700. His personal popularity elected him by a 
small majority, and his course during his first term at Albany caused his re-election by an 
increased vote. When he was assemblyman he served on some of the most important com- 
mittees of the house. During his legislative career I made his acquaintance and found that 
the engrossments of political life did not obliterate his interest in the subject of his ancestry 
and distant kin. In 1876 he was defeated for Congress by four votes. He was a member of 
the Episcopal Church. He died in Port Chester, June 28, 1877. His widow survives. 

In a copy of the Port Chester Journal now before me, printed in September, 1877, I find 
the proceedings of the Westchester bar, at a meeting September 21, 1887, relative to the 
death of Amherst Wight. I wish my space permitted their transcription at length. I 
extract a few sentences from the remarks of Elisha P. Ferris and Martin J. Keogh: 

" Mr. Wight was popular with all classes. Generous to a fault, candid and courteous in 
his intercourse with his fellow men, he endeared himself to all with whom he became 
acquainted or associated in the relations of life. The gentleness of his nature and urbanity 
of manners assured the humblest that in him they had a true and sympathizing friend. He 
possessed true nobility of soul, and was endowed with more than average natural ability. 
His calm, dignified, and earnest manner in debate, whether in the legislative hall or at the 
bar, won the admiration of his friends and the respect of his opponents. He loved the 
truth, and whether engaged in the conflicts of the political arena, or to him the more san- 
guine struggles of the forum, preferred defeat rather than success won by the perversion of the 
truth, or the sacrifice of principle. A writer, speaking of him while a member of the legis- 
lature of 1873, says: ' He shows upon the floor much less of the politician than of the lawyer, 
while he brings to the discussion of the important legal topics of the present session extensive 
learning fortified by large experience and exhaustive reading.' " 

"His home was radiant with the reflection of his own placid nature; his social inter- 
course was marked by the easy grace and unaffected finish of the true American gentleman; 
his advocacy in the courts wa